Carpenter Ant

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Camponotus spp.

How to Identify an 

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants have one node (bump between the middle and read body sections). They are typically black or black with a reddish-brown body. They have an evenly rounded thorax which differentiates them from Field ants.

These ants do vary in size.

Where do they come from?

Carpenter ants establish nests in wood, especially decaying wood. They have a primary nest and separate satellite nests (may occur indoors).

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What do they look like?

Dorsal view of a carpenter ant
Close up head of a carpenter ant
Evenly rounded thorax of a carpenter ant
Side view of a carpenter ant

Where do they live?

Wood (often start with wood with water damage)

Name:

Camponotus spp.

Size:

Large but workers vary in size

Diet:

Honeydew, sweets, and insects

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