Carpenter Ants

Pest Management Services in Rhode Island

PEST STATS

Color: Usually red, black or a combination
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 5/8"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Throughout U.S., most common in the North

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Habits

All species mainly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold. Even though these ants first invade wet, decayed wood, they may soon begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. They usually come into buildings through cracks around doors, windows, or through holes for wires. They will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground.

Habitat

Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. They will enter homes through wet, damaged wood.

Threats

Carpenter ants damage wood through their nest building. If they gain entry to a structure, they pose a property threat.

Carpenter Ants

In some areas of the country, carpenter ants cause more damage to structures than termites. They are difficult insects to control and can cause extensive damage to wood members in a fairly short period of time. Houses located near wooded areas or brush covered vacant lots are good candidates for infestation.

Wasps

Wasps can be distinguished from bees by their smooth, rather than hairy, bodies. The discovery of a wasp nest generally creates a real sense of urgency. You may become anxious about the safety of your family, pets, and property, and you will have an immediate desire to eradicate the wasps from your property.

Spiders

Spiders area common and feared household pest. A black widow or brown recluse taking up residence in your home can be a real cause for alarm, as their venom can cause a dangerous reaction. Most other species spiders are generally harmless to humans, but their webs can cause an unsightly situation in your home.