Carpenter Ant

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Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants are larger in size than most other ants (queens can range from 16-18 millimeters long, while workers range from 6-13 millimeters long). While many carpenter ants are black in appearance, they can also be red or brown in color. Carpenter ants can be highly destructive to structures and other areas, like woodpiles, furniture, or sheds. Carpenter ants do not eat wood; rather, they excavate wood from existing items or structures to expand upon their own nests. With proper conditions and a high enough number of ants, they can render a home or building structurally unsafe. Carpenter ants prefer decaying or moist wood because of the ease of excavation, but remain skilled at excavating even the toughest of wood features. Typical carpenter ant colonies will consist of 10,000 to 50,000 workers; large colonies can even exceed 100,000 workers.

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