These species of ants get their name from building colonies in wood. Each colony has a queen that feeds workers as the workers mature they are ready to leave and gather food supply back to the queen and the next generation of worker ants. One colony of Carpenter Ants can produce up to 2,000 or more workers. These ants make tunnels that weaken structures and are costly to fix.
Carpenter ants build their nests anywhere they can find water, moldy or damp wood even dry wood. Their diet is not limited to wood products; they also live on living or dead insects, meat fats, sugary foods, and nectar from plants.
Prevention: Eliminate standing water, cut back trees and shrubs from your home or buildings, seal cracks or openings around the foundation of your home; do not stack wood next to your home or outside buildings. Contact us for a free inspection.