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Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant Worker

Carpenter Ant – Camponotus spp.  Carpenter ants are very large ants, measuring over one-quarter of an inch or larger.  They come in varying colors depending on the species.  If found inside structures, especially in the Southeast, they are very good indicators that water has infiltrated the structure.  Typically active in the evening and at night, it may be difficult to locate the colony in the daytime as there is usually little or no activity during the day.  Debris they kick out of their nesting areas may be the first signs of a carpenter ant problem inside and are usually satellite colonies.  The main colony is typically found outdoors in the hollows of trees or stumps.  All types of food items are used, plant juices, insects, meats, cheeses, to name just a few.