Carpenter Ants


Actual Size: 1/8″ to 0.5″

Characteristics: Carpenter Ants are among the largest ants in the U.S. They are commonly black, however, some may be brown.


  • A single queen resides in a secluded nest where she continuously breeds worker ants.
  • Colonies range up to 15,000 ants and they may produce satellite colonies.
  • Carpenter ants prefer to nest and excavate water-damaged wood.
  • Heavy carpenter ant activity in the home usually indicates a moisture problem within the structure.
  • On the outside, they may be present on railroad ties, woodpiles, and the base of trees.
  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but prefer sugar solutions, especially honeydew produced by aphids.


Ants are the number one pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but ant behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home. Many people attempt ant control by themselves using baits, traps, and other off-the-shelf options, but without the proper knowledge of ant behavior, it can be difficult to eliminate the problem completely. Here are some quick facts you should know about ants to help you make the right pest control decision for you and your family.

Ant Behavior

Most common ants range from 1/16” to 1/2″ in size, and can enter a house or other structure through even the tiniest of cracks. Often, the ants you see are drones, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas. These workers act as scouts for their colony, leaving behind an invisible chemical trail. This trail contains pheromones for other workers to follow once a food source has been located.

Ant Colonies

Ants will build nests almost anywhere in and around your house:

  • Lawns
  • Sidewalks
  • Walls
  • Tree stumps
  • Under foundations

A typical ant colony can grow up to 300,000 to 500,000 members, sometimes with several queens. Whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when a nest is threatened. Worker ants may live up to seven years, and queens can live as long as 15 years.

What You Can Do About Ants

Can you get rid of ants yourself? Most do-it-yourself ant control products only kill the ants you see, not the colonies themselves. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments. The best you can do is to eliminate any potential food sources by keeping your home or business clean. However, if you’re still having issues, you’ll need to contact a pest control specialist like Connor's Termite & Pest Control to seek out and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning.

Ant Control Solutions

When you schedule ant control service with Connor's Termite & Pest Control, your technician will:

  • Determine the type of ant
  • Conduct a full property inspection that includes your yard, attached & detached structures, driveway and home
  • Directly treat all nests and trails on the outside
  • Install ant stations to monitor activity
  • Discreetly apply ant baits for interior nests
  • Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations

Don’t wait until your home is overrun by ants. Contact Connor's Termite & Pest Control today!