This ant is black, with very fine whitish or yellowish hairs on the abdomen and is classified as a wood destroying insect. Minor workers are generally 1/4 inch long and major workers are approximately 1/2 inch. A mature colony typically contains about 2,000 to 4,000 individuals and produces winged males and females.
Carpenter ant nest can be found outside or inside the house. Carpenter ant nest may occur in water damaged wood near skylights, chimneys, drain gutters, window and door frames, wooden shingles, as well as inside hollow porch post and columns, windowboxes, crawlspaces and dishwashers. Sometimes, nests are found in dry areas, near curtain rods, the small voyage between the door casings, balsa beans, or under insulation and in crawlspaces.
Elimination of high moisture conditions is an essential aspect of carpenter ant management. Correct moisture problem such as leaking roofs, chimney flashing, or plumbing, poorly ventilated attics or crawl spaces, and blocked gutters. Replace rotted and damaged wood and eliminate all wood to soil contact. A thorough inspection should be conducted to determine which treatment is best suited for your home. Some options may include: perimeter treatments, aerosol sprays, dusting wall voids, granular bait formulation and baiting.