Identifying Carpenter Ants
One of the largest ants in the United States is the Carpenter Ant, they can range from 3.4 to 13 mm long! The carpenter ants we see in South Jersey are mainly black but they can also have a yellowish or reddish hue.
Their name makes you think that they eat wood but they are actually named for the way they build their homes. These ants can reside both indoors and outdoors. Their favorite habitat is moist, decaying, or hollow wood. The workers cut galleries through the wood grain with their large mandibles to make passageways and form the nest. Carpenter ants prefer sweets and meats, sometimes they even feed on other insects.
Signs of a carpenter ant infestation include swarmers (winged adults), workers foraging for food, and debris from tunneling and nesting. The debris is normally made up of dead ants and wood shavings.