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Proper Identification Of Carpenter Ants
When most people think about ants, they think of them as one species. Regardless of the size, shape, or color, if it has six legs, two antennae, and three main body parts, it’s an ant. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Identifying ants is vastly complicated as well as critical. You can’t start properly fortifying your defenses until you know exactly what you are dealing with.
Although they share similar looks, traits, and characteristics, eliminating different species of ants might require different approaches. Take the carpenter ant, for instance.
Proper Location And Identification Of The Carpenter Ant
Carpenter ants are more prevalent during the warmer months. You probably won’t see much of them when the weather is cooler. Therefore, you’ll want to conduct your search when they are active. While you need to be valiant regarding all insects, you’ll want to double your efforts with carpenter ants.
As their name suggests, they can infest the wooden structures in your home and do all kinds of damage. It all starts with being able to properly identify the species. This species of ant will in most cases be found near wood sources of wet and molded areas.
They will invade undamaged wood, but more often than not, they are more attracted to wet, damp, and moldy wood. Take a tree stump, for example. This is the perfect ideal living environment for a carpenter ant.
Just because you spot a mound of ants marching in a tree stump, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are dealing with carpenter ants. Carpenter ant infestations can be accurately identified by their size and color. Location is important as well, but not a given.
Carpenter ants are larger than other species, measuring usually at 5/8 of an inch or larger. Their appearance is usually solid black or red, but they sometimes offer a mixture of the two colors.
Their most distinguishing characteristics along with their size are their long antennae, segmented and oval bodies, and six legs.