Carpenter Ants

Size: Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the United States, ranging from 3.4 to 13 mm long.

Color: The most common color is black, but some species have reddish or yellowish coloration. The color also varies among species, ranging from jet-black to dark brown, red, black, yellow, orange, yellowish tan or light brown. Some ants exhibit both red and black coloration.

Mandibles: Workers have large mandibles. Habits: These insects usually build their nests in damp, sound or decaying wood. Homes with moisture issues caused by leaks are prime targets for carpenter ants. The pests will also use tree branches that overhang roofs as a bridge, accessing buildings to find a way inside. Unsealed openings around utility pipes and wires are common entry points.

Pro Tips:

- Store any firewood away from your home and remove any dead wood or wood scraps from around the foundation. Old Colony recommends burning or getting rid of firewood within 2 years to keep carpenter ants from infesting.

- Trim dead limbs from trees away from your home and remove stumps. Rid your yard of these potential nesting sites. This also helps with any moisture issues attracting the carpenter ants to your home because it allows sunlight to get through to wet areas around your home's foundation.

- Make sure that all plumbing or roof leaks are sealed, and check crawl spaces for excess moisture.

- Direct water from your gutters away from your home structure, and ensure it's not allowed to accumulate close to the foundation.