1/4" to 5/8" in length generally black; may appear as red and black. The queen is about ¾”, large mandibles on the head, light gold hairs on the abdomen.
Damage / Signs of Presence:
Carpenter Ants do not eat the wood like termites but they do excavate it to form galleries in which they live and support the colony. They can affect the structural integrity of wood. Cause holes in materials in which moisture can accumulate thus causing more damage. Carpenter Ants have been the cause of million of dollars in damages throughout the United States.
Most people never realize they have Carpenter Ants in their home until it's too late and damage has been done. Signs to look for and act quickly:
See live ants in your home or outside on your home.
Find wood shavings (Frass) with insect parts mixed in.
Remodeling and come across damage or a nest.
Carpenter Ants go through a complete life cycle of Egg, Larva, Pupa & Adult. They have minor and major workers ranging into the thousands per nest. They often form satellite colonies close by to the main colony.
Winged Ants (Swarmers) are a reproductive ant with the responsibility of mating in the air and establishing a new nest.