Black Carpenter Ant
1/8″ to 0.5″
Carpenter Ants are amongst the largest ants in the U.S. They are commonly black, however some may be brown.
- A single queen resides in a secluded nest where she continuously breeds worker ants.
- Colonies range up to 15,000 ants and they may produce satellite colonies.
- Carpenter ants prefer to nest and excavate water-damaged wood.
- Heavy carpenter ant activity in the home usually indicates a moisture problem within the structure.
- On the outside, they may be present on railroad ties, woodpiles, and the base of trees.
- Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but prefer sugar solutions, especially honeydew produced by aphids.