Carpenter Ants(Formica Ligniperda)
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You’ve spent a lot of money on your home. You probably never assumed that your investment would be eaten by insects no bigger than a fingernail. But North Carolina is unfortunately home to carpenter ants, and carpenter ants can cause a lot of property damage if left without any pest control treatment.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Formica Ligniperda
  • Length: 0.6 – 2.5cm
  • Color: Black/Dark Brown
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Property Damage

LIFE CYCLE OF CARPENTER ANTS

Like all ants, carpenter ants have a queen that lays thousands upon thousands of eggs over the course of her life. These eggs are placed in inside of the nests to grow. Nests are almost always outdoors.


Juvenile ants need roughly two months to become adult ants. Afterward they play various roles within the colony, one of which is to take pieces of wood back to their nests. Though ants are constantly fighting off dangers, an unharmed ant can live as long as 7 years, with a queen that can last 25 years or more.

CARPENTER ANTS AS PESTS

Like many ants, carpenter ants come into your home for food. They like sugars and starches and bring them back to their nests to feed other ants.

But carpenter ants are also known for damaging wood, and that is the main reason that carpenter ants are a major pest problem. If they come near your house, they may start feeding on your property, hurting its structural integrity, and causing damage that could take tens of thousands of dollars off of the value of your property and possibly cost even more to replace.

HOW TO PREVENT CARPENTER ANT INVASIONS

There are ways you can prevent carpenter ants. While there is a significant carpenter ant problem in North Carolina, these ants are attracted to wet, damaged wood more than they are attracted to your home. If you remove any areas that can provide wet and damaged wood – for example, spare firewood you’re keeping near your home – the carpenter ants will find your area less desirable. Any place you have moist wood inside or outside of your home should be protected.

You can also use physical barriers, as well as chemical control from a trained carpenter ant pest control company.