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Carpenter Ant – Camponotus sp.

Identification

  • black or black with a reddish brown body
  • 1/4 – 3/8 inch in size
  • abdomen covered in yellowish hairs

Nesting Habits

  • establish nests in wood (especially decaying wood)
  • foragers – they go out in search of nutrients but return to the outdoor nest

Diet

  • living and dead insects, meats, and sweets, such as jelly, honey and honeydew excreted by aphids and other insects
  • DO NOT eat wood but remove it to create galleries and tunnels

Significance

  • damage wood, infest food and may bite

IPM Recommendations:

  • Remove and replace water-damaged or decaying wood.
  • Seal potential ant entryways.
  • Remove food and water sources.
  • Locate and destroy indoor nests to avoid re-infestation.