Carpenter ants (Camponotus Pennsylvanicus)
Carpenter ants measure from 6 to 25 mm.
These ants are black in colour.
Carpenter ants have an oval shape, six legs and antennae. They are unusually able to lift up to 20 times their weight and are larger in size than pavement ants.
They are omnivores like us. The queen of the colony, or colonies, can send their scouts up to 100 meters away from the nest in search of food.
Carpenter ants build their nests using wet wood from felled or firewood logs and can also tunnel through the structural wood of your home, hence their name. They get into houses through the cracks and crevices around windows, doors, foundations, balconies, and roof soffits. Since they do not eat the wood they are tunneling through, they will extract it by bringing it outside the entrance of their tunnels in small pieces resembling sawdust. This sawdust may or may not be visible as it could remain inside the walls of your home.
Consequences / Dangers
These ants are not carriers of any disease but have many adverse effects; they can gnaw on the wooden structures of houses weakening them. Their continued presence over time is a sign that the colony is getting larger and that they may have buillt secondary nests to account for their larger population.
There are some habits to adopt to remedy a problem of a carpenter ant invasion.
So consult an extermination specialist by checking out our prevention guide below.