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Nothing can quite compare to the annoyance and destruction caused by carpenter ants. These large black or reddish ants are responsible for damaging and excavating wood. Typical nesting areas for carpenter ants are around windows, inside wall voids, floor joists, or anywhere where wood is present and they feel safe. Severe infestation of carpenter ants are often heard prior to visually seeing them. It is not uncommon to hear the gnawing taking place inside of a wall void. Often confused with termites, they are not the same. They do, however, have swarming, flying ants produced by the colony annually. 

Idenification & Facts Formicidae Many Species

As stated above, Carpenter Ants are usually found around sources of wood. Some areas typical to see them are, wood piles left on the ground for long periods of time and around the bases of trees in your yard.

  • Adults can reach 3/8 of an inch in length.

  • Carpenter ants, although they excavate wood they do not consume wood.

  • Saw dust produced by the ants' destruction is called frass.

  • Workers are omnivorous and will attack live arthropods as well as scavenge on dead arthropods for proteins.

  • They do not sting, however, they will deliver a fairly painful bite if handled.


Carpenter ants can be very difficult to eliminate. The nest must be found and destroyed in order to guarantee the risk of future infestation. Ellington Pest can help you eliminate these ants and prevent them from ever returning in the future.   

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