coming home to a well deserved meal at the end of the day,
only to find that ants have literally "carried it away"?
Or how about watching an entire line of ants, crawling their
way through your kitchen floors, cabinets and drawers? Carpenter
ants do this systematically and seem to have no qualms marching
in line in front of our very eyes. Truthfully, many house
owners face ant problems day after day. But what do carpenter
ants do besides cart off perfectly good food? Well, the shocking
answers are as follows.
infamous carpenter ant may vary in size and color but are usually large (ranging from ¼ to ½
inch) and blackish.
ants are active indoors during many months of the year,
usually during the spring and summer seasons.
Ants are usually active in the household during late winter/early
spring (February/March) and the infestation (nest) is probably
within the household itself.
the carpenter ants are first seen in the spring and summer
(May/June), then their nests are likely outdoors and the ants are simply coming in for food.
natural food of the ants consists of honeydew from aphids,
other insects, and plant juices, but they will readily look
for water and food scraps within the house.
carpenter ants' natural habitats include living and dead trees
and in rotting logs and stumps. However, they also excavate
galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance
such as in houses, telephone poles, and other man-made wooden
structures. So those with expensive Korean furniture set and/or
antique wooden Chinese cabinets, be warned; Make sure you
keep carpenter ants at bay.
also take note that shredded fragments of wood, similar
in appearance to coarse sawdust, are ejected from the galleries
through preexisting cracks or slits made by the ants.
When such accumulations are found (typically containing dead
ants and bits of insects which the carpenter ants have eaten),
it's a good indication that a carpenter ant nest is nearby.
Oftentimes, however, the excavated sawdust remains hidden
behind a wall or in some other concealed area. It is surprising
though, that even with all the wood that carpenter ants carve
out, they do not eat them, but simply leave it out there.
A carpenter ants' colony is normally created by a single fertilized
she establishes a nesting site in a cavity in wood and then
rears her first brood of workers, feeding them salivary
worker ants, which are reared first, assume the task of
gathering food with which to feed the younger larvae.
the food supply becomes more constant, the ant colony population
grows very rapidly.
ant colony does not reach maturity and become capable
of producing young queens and males until it contains
2,000 or more workers. It may take the ant colony from
three to six years or more to reach this stage and within
each year thereafter, the ant colony will continue to
produce winged queens and males, which leave their nest
and conduct mating flights from May through July.
that their identification and harm is noted, one will wonder
what carpenter ants capable are of. Well, the extent and potential
damage to a home depends on how many nests are actually present
within the structure, and how long the ant infestation has
been active. Although large carpenter ant colonies are
capable of causing severe structural damage, the damage
is not normally as serious as that from termites. However,
it still is a very big problem if the ant infestation grows.
On top of that, any food that carpenter ants might find, which
includes food that is left on the kitchen counter, will be
slowly devoured and brought back to their ant nests.
now we know that carpenter ants are annoying in small doses,
and are consequently frighteningly hazardous when they gang
up. Furthermore, lots of expensive furniture can be ruined
by these ants. Make sure you ant control solution to get rid of
carpenter ants completely so that you and your family can
have a peace of mind.