Now is the time to Exterminate Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are black or mostly black ants.Some species have dark red/maroon parts. Carpenter ants can range in size from 1/4 inch to 1 and 3/8 inches. The various subspecies can vary in size, also carpenter ants are polymorphic ( multi sized) and have numerous different sizes of adults within one colony.
Carpenter ants get their name from the fact they hollow out wood to create cavities for their nests. The grass or sawdust is usually a consistent size. The exact size depends on the size of the ants in the colony as well as the hardness of the wood being excavated. You may also find black specs and other body parts of dead ants mixed in. The sawdust is not always in an open area, sometimes it may be in hidden places and not readily visible.
Carpenter ants will readily relocate their nest. Should a threat appear or if they find a better place they will move. If for example you cut down a tree infested with carpenter ants they will not simply sit around they are going to move and move quickly.
As carpenter ant colonies expand and mature they develop satellite colonies. These are interconnected and directly related nests in various sites around a particular area. This fact is a major reason for treatment failure.
Superstorm Sandy felled numerous trees and many had held carpenter ant nests. All of these affected trees as well as infested and damaged homes have cause a large, a tremendously large, carpenter population relocation. This will result in more ant problems for the next couple of years.