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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests. So, they are called Carpenter ants. Carpenter ants (one of the most valuable insects) chew up tons of wood & turn it into fine sawdust that rots and provides compost for new growth. Because they enter man made structures they are considered the most destructive common insect pest in Canada.

Identification

  • English( scientific ) Name : - Camponotus species
  • Carpenter Ant has black color. (Legs may have a rusty red color).
  • Carpenter Ant has 6 legs.
  • Its antennae are elbowed.
  • Worker ants are usually polymorphic. That means they come in many sizes (3.5 to 13 mm)
  • It is single-noded. That means it has a single, small segment between the thorax & abdomen.
  • The upper side of the thorax is smooth & almost round

Behavior

  • Mostly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold.
  • They mostly come into buildings through cracks around doors, windows, or through holes for wires.
  • They do not eat wood (cf. termites), only creates galleries in which to nest
  • They eat dead & living insects, fats, sweets and honeydew
  • They build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping.

Life Cycle

  • The queen lay arround 15 to 20 eggs; the adult ants which emerge forage to feed the next generation
  • Time taken to become egg to adult is about 60 days
  • Worker ants can live arround 7 years
  • A queen can live up to 25 years
  • Their nests can contain 10,000 to 50,000 ants

Control

  • Killing the visible ants foraging around a home is only removing the symptoms.
  • 90% of the ants never leave their nests. Their nests must be located and destroyed.
  • Keep tree branches & other plants cut back from the home. Because sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your home.
  • Make sure that firewood & building materials are not stored next to your house.

Certification & Achivement
CPMA - ACGP
National pest managements association member international
SPMAO
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