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Powell River Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants, What are they?

The black carpenter ant & the red carpenter ant are the most common types found in Canada. The black carpenter ant is dark brownish-black all over, While the red carpenter ant has a dark brownish-black body, with a reddish-brown upper body.

A carpenter ant’s body is divided into three segments, with a very slim waist separating the upper body and lower body. Their antennae are bent and in sections. Male and female adults have wings at mating time.

Is there reason for concern?

The problem with Carpenter ants is they are well known for their ability to damage wooden structures. They can be a nuisance in homes in their search for food. Carpenter ants eat both animal and plant matter. Their natural food sources are insects, other small invertebrates, and sweet body fluids from aphids and other insects. Sweet foods & Protein found in homes also provides food for foraging workers.

They build nests by burrowing into wood. They dig tunnels, called galleries that are much longer than those created by termites. The wood is not actually eaten, it is thrown from the nest as sawdust shavings.

Carpenter Ant colonies can also nest in houses without attacking structural wood, using hollow spaces like wall voids, attic spaces, and doors. They have even been found in styrofoam insulation.

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