Sunday, April 24, 2011

Carpenter Ant
This is among the largest of the ant family, measuring 1/4" to 1/2". Its color is usually dark black. It has a large head with strong mandibles (jaws) used for chewing. Carpenter ants may be seen infesting homes or buildings at any time of the year searching for food. Although they chew their way through wood they do not eat wood. Instead, they feed on a wide range of insects, plant materials and, occasionally, on household foodstuffs. They are of great concern to homeowners because of their ability to tunnel into wood to build their colonies. An infestation can cause serious structural damage if left unchecked.

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