In general, carpenter ants are black in color, with shades of red or brown depending on the species. The females are between 3 to 13 mm (1/8 inch to 1/2 inches) in length, while queens can grow to over 25 mm (1 inch) and are the only females with wings. The head of the carpenter ants are large, their antennas are bent and they have powerful mandibles (jaws).
Ants are social insects that typically establish colonies during a period of two or three years. When a colony contains between 2,000 and 3,000 ants, the colony is then established and the queen leaves to start a new one. Worker ants live around 7 years and the queen up to 17 years!
Indoors, the carpenter ant usually makes its nest in places where wood is wet, in hollow doors, wood cabinets near the dishwasher, behind baseboards, fireplaces and window frames, as well as basements and attics. They are typically nocturnal and attracted to foods such as honey, jam, fruit and meat.
Although carpenter ants do not sting, they can bite. Once inside the house, they feed on almost anything that humans consume. Carpenter ants damage wood structures when they install their colony. As in the case of any parasite, the infestation of the carpenter ant is unpleasant for the occupants.
Small piles of sawdust from wooden frames can be an indication of the presence of carpenter ants. If, in spring, a swarm of winged ants form on the windows, it is a sign that there has been an infestation for a long time.
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