Category: Ants

Carpenter Ants — Quick Facts

Large black or brown carpenter ants, winged or wingless, can cause serious damage if permitted to remain in the structural wood of a building. Winged carpenter ants often are mistaken for termites, a more serious problem. Winged ants inside or outside a home year-round indicate an... more
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Pesticide Use Around Pets

People often use pesticides in their homes or yards to control a variety of pests such as insects, weeds and rodents. Pet owners may also apply pesticide products directly to their pets to control ticks and/or fleas. Although these pesticides can be beneficial, they have the potential to hurt... more
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Ants — When is the best time to start managing for pest ants?

For most ants, foraging activity usually declines in late fall when temperatures cool, and picks back up again in early spring as days get warmer. Timing your management strategies to coincide with these seasonal changes in activity can improve management success, particularly into the summer... more
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Carpenter Ants Like to Chew

Carpenter ants get their name from the fact that they chew through wood to make nests. However, they do not eat wood like termites. They eat sweet foods, pet food, and other insects. Carpenter ants are commonly found in wooded areas, nesting in trees, logs, and stumps. Carpenter ants may also be... more
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Carpenter Ants — Control Tips

The key to control is finding the nest or nests. Look for piles of sawdust or carpenter ant trails at night when they are most active. Carpenter ants prefer damp wood over dry wood. Increase ventilation in areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces to reduce moisture. Repair all leaks... more
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An Introduction to Ants

Ant facts Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of bees and wasps. More than 12,000 species occur throughout the world. Ants are common pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses. Ants enter buildings seeking shelter, food, and water. ... more
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Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building

Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests. The western black carpenter ant colony, when mature, contains about... more
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What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

Carpenter ants vary in size and can be anywhere from ½” to ⅝” long. While black carpenter ants are common, these pests may be a combination of black and red, or completely black, red or brown. By: Pest... more
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Carpenter Ants and Damage

Carpenter ants don’t consume wood like termites but excavate it to make their nests, which in large colonies can consist of an extensive network of galleries and tunnels often beginning in an area where there is damage from water or wood decay. From here they can expand the nest into sound wood... more
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Invaders called Ants

Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households. Ants also invade restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses, and other buildings where they can find food and water. On outdoor and sometimes indoor plants, ants protect and care for honeydew-producing insects such as aphids, soft scales,... more
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