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24 April

Carpenter Ants are the Largest Ants on Long Island

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants on Long Island. They can be black, red and black, red, or brown. These ants can forage for food up to 300 feet. If you look closely, you might see narrow worn paths that these ants follow. 

It is easy to confuse termites and carpenter ants. The 2 big differences between carpenter ants and termites is that the ant's antennae are bent and their bodies have a pinched waist. Termites have a straight antennae and no waist.  Since effective control methods are different for termites and ants, call us for a free inspection (631) 864-6900 | (516) 864-6900.

Big Black Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants don't actually eat the wood.  They eat just about anything we do but love their sweet treats. They destroy wood by hollowing it out to make their nests and tunnels. They can also make their home in foam insulation.  Like other ants, carpenter ants are social creatures living in highly organized colonies, with a queen and hundreds or thousands of workers.

Generally, ants create nests close to water and food. They enter your home through gaps and cracks. They also can follow tree and shrub branches right into your house.  Like termites, when the colony is expanding, you might see a large number of winged adults. Another sign of carpenter ants is when you find something that looks like pencil shavings which is actually a sawdust, soil and insect parts.

Fun fact: Carpenter ants are active at night. You may be able to hear a rustling sound within your walls.

 

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