Ants belong to the insect family Formicidae (‘Formic’ from the formic
acid which an ant uses as a defense and squirts into a wound it has caused).
- Identification: Black to reddish brown with three body segments and ‘jointed’
antennae. ¼” to ½” in length depending upon caste.
- Carpenter ants are found throughout the country, but, are most common in
the cool, damp climates like those of the northern half of the US.
- Problematic species in this area is the Black Carpenter Ant – Camponotus
- Can cause significant structural damage, but are usually more a nuisance
than a structural problem.
- Ants do not eat the wood but excavate it for their nests. The push the
frass out of exit slits in the wood.