What do carpenter ants look like?
- Size: 1/4 -3/4 in.
- Color: A variety of colors including black, reddish, orange, or a combination of black and red
- Body Structure: Head, thorax, and abdomen with a small node on the pedicel. Queens and reproductive have two pairs of wings – a front pair that is longer than the back pair.
Characteristics of carpenter ants
Generally, there is a single queen in the colony but often supplementary queens as well. Colonies typically are around 15,000 workers when mature, but potentially could be over 100,000 workers.
When are carpenter ants most active?
How are carpenter ant colonies formed?
New carpenter ant colonies are established when new queens disperse from existing colonies to find mates. While carpenter ants nest outdoors, they may establish satellite colonies inside homes and structures as well.
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