For identification purposes, it would be helpful if carpenter ants wore hard hats and carried little toolboxes. Fortunately, there are other visual cues that will help you recognize this common pest. Here’s a handy list of features compiled by our Brick NJ exterminator.
Tips to Identify Carpenter Ants
*When viewing a carpenter ant, the thorax, or segment just below its head, will appear completely rounded.
*The waist of a carpenter ant has a single node, or petiole, which is the slender portion that joins the thorax and abdomen.
*Workers are black, with some having red markings.
*The length of a carpenter ant worker can range from 3/8″ to 1/2″. Even within the same species, size can vary between major and minor workers.
*Appropriately, queens and their mates are significantly larger than workers, reaching up to 1″ in length.
*Reproductive members of a carpenter ant colony have wings, allowing them to fly in search of a mate during swarming season. Once a queen begins reproducing and populating a new colony, her wings fall off.
*If a carpenter ant has wings, the front pair will be longer than the pair in the back.
Why Is Identification Important?
Unlike other species, carpenter ants infest wood. With the correct identification, our Brick NJ exterminator can apply the appropriate strategy for complete elimination.
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