Big black carpenter ants and little baby black carpenter ants

Carpenter ants derive their name from the fact they commonly chew out wood for nesting sites. ┬áTypically the wood is rotten or otherwise water damaged. Water damaged wood serves two purposes for the carpenter ant. It makes the wood softer thereby easier to chew( excavate), and it provides some water for an ant that has a high water requirement for survival. While water damaged wood is the most friendly, carpenter ants do not have to nest in it. Carpenter ants can also make nests in insulation, wall voids, window shade tubes, and some other interesting places. The nest may have suffered a catastrophe, for example if the nest was in a tree and the tree is cut down or falls down the colony needs to relocate asap and will go to the first acceptable place they may find. Merlin’s Pest has treated new homes for carpenter ants sometimes well before the first owner has moved in. Carpenter ants are interesting also because the are the only polymorphic ant. This means a colony will consists of numerous different sizes of ants. All ants that one sees are adults. Ants like butterflies have a four stage life cycle with the ‘baby’ being a larvae. The smaller ants are smaller workers in a colony. As a colony expands or if treated contracts the size of the worker ants seen may change as the effect changes work patterns within the ant colony. Due to the extreme difficulty in always being able to accurately locate the carpenter ant nest treatment should be left to specially trained individuals.

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