Carpenter Ants

Scientific Name: Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Appearance

• Workers average size is about 6mm long.

• Queens can grow up to 12mm long.

• Blackish colour most common but can also be black and red.

Lifecycle

• It is normal to see swarms appear during Spring time.

• Carpenter ants colonies can live up to 6 years.

Habits

• They prefer moist wood to nest (e.g. water leakage near wood)

• They excavate galleries in wood with a smooth appearance.

• Sometimes they hollow out sections of trees.

• Even though they are called carpenter ants they do not eat wood.

• They cannot sting.