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Carpenter Ants are typically larger ants that nest in dead wood, which may cause serious damage when infestations occur in homes. They are called Carpenter Ants because they hollow out wood to create their nests, but they are also known to excavate galleries in insulation, shingles, and other building materials. One of their favorite nesting places is inside the wall voids of homes which provides a climate-controlled environment for nesting, thus allowing them to forage inside or outside for food and water.
A colony consists of one or more queens and workers of various sizes, ranging from 3/16” to 3/4”. Mature colonies typically contain 10,000 to 15,000 workers; however, colonies located in the Pacific Northwest have been found to contain up to 100,000 workers.
Carpenter Ants are primarily nocturnal and rely heavily upon physical cues, chemical trails, and possibly smell to locate food. They may feed on overripe fruit, dead or live insects, household sweets, meats and other proteins.