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Most carpenter ant species establish their first nest in decayed wood and later expand or enlarge this into sound wood. Inside, nests are located in wood (preferably soft wood), in insulation and /or wall voids. Workers are a nuisance when out searching for food but destructive to timbers utilized for nesting activities. Outside nests are typically located in rotting fence posts, stumps, old firewood, dead portions of standing trees, under stones or fallen logs and also in mulch beds. Carpenter ants feed primarily on insect honeydew, plant and fruit juices, insects and other arthropods. Inside, they will also feed on sweets, eggs, meats, cakes, grease, and even dog or cat food. The workers forage for distances of up to 300 feet from the nest. They enter buildings around the door and window frames, eave, plumbing, and utility lines, and shrub and tree branches in contact with the building. Although some workers are active during the day, most activity is from dusk to dawn, with peak activity between 10pm and 2 am.
Black Carpenter ant colonies are of moderate size, usually containing up to 100,000 workers when maturity is reached in about 3 to 6 years. Developmental time (egg to adult)for workers takes at least 60 days. Workers are polymorphic, with majors, minors and intermediates present. There is usually only one functional, wingless queen per colony. Swarmers are not produced until the colony is more than 2 years old. Swarmers appear from May until October.
The bigger and stronger Carpenter Ant picks up the Termite and moves it away from their Queen! It is very common for ants to move any threats away from their Queen!
Thousands of Ants found in a customers Crawl Space!
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This ant was one of the plagues of Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. This ant is found throughout the United States. Pharaoh ants have been strongly implicated in the spread of various disease pathogens.
The colonies tend to be large with workers numbering in the thousands to several hundred-thousand. There are usually several hundred reproductive females present in such a colony. Although winged reproductives are produced, there are no flights of swarmers and mating takes place within the nest. New nests can be formed by “budding” with as few as 5 workers, 10 pre-adults, and on queen migrating from the original colony.
Inside, Pharaoh ants nest in warm, humid areas near sources of food and /or water. Nests are usually located in inaccessible areas such as wall voids, behind baseboards, in furniture, under floors and between linens. The workers range widely from the nest in search of food and water, and establish trails to food and water sources. They commonly use electrical and telephone wires as a highway system to travel through wall and between floors.
There Are More than 12,000 types of Ants in the World! Give us a call to see which type of ant you have!