When most people think of carpenter ants, the first thing that comes to mind is large, black ants. Carpenter ants colonies actually produce ants in various sizes ranging from small to large. Smaller ants typically tend to duties inside the nests, while larger “major” workers venture out to forage for food and scout out new nesting areas. Carpenter ants are considered a wood destroying pest, because they excavate galleries in wood to create nesting locations. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but they can cause significant damage to structural wood inside homes. Carpenter ants are often associated with wet or moisture damaged wood in homes.
Identifying what species of ant is present in a structure is the first step that ProTech takes when battling an ant infestation. The biology and behavior of these pests varies by species, so if you see ants in your kitchen, don’t hesitate to call ProTech.