Carpenter AntsIn New Jersey, the most common type of ant that we find infesting homes is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). This species of Carpenter Ant is large black or black/red insects that excavate wood for living space. This species doesn’t actually ingest wood but they do destroy it. Carpenter Ants can also live in any hollow space i.e. curtain rods, hollow doors, etc. Carpenter Ants prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. Thus, it is critical that gutters are cleaned out and not collecting debris (moisture). Because Carpenter Ants can nest anywhere from a hollow concrete block in the basement to roof trusses in the attic, a thorough inspection is critical.

Proper Identification of Carpenter Ants in NJ

In the State of New Jersey, Carpenter Ants are considered one of the larger ant species. Carpenter Ants have a one segmented petiole in the form a vertical scale and have a faded black coloring. Carpenter Ants come in various sizes but typically are ½” to 3/8” inches. 

In the United States, there are several thousand ant species.  Ants have three types of castes.  Specifically, queens, males and workers.  The queen ant produces the eggs for further ant reproduction.  Once the queen ant mates, she will shed her wings.  Typically, most Carpenter Ant colonies only have one queen per colony.  Males on the other hand will also lose their wings and die soon after mating.  Workers are comprised of infertile females of many different sizes.  Workers ants’ primary responsibilities are to remain in the nest to excavate materials from the nest, cleaning and caring for broods.   Because there are so many different species of ants, at time it can be difficult to tell various types of ants apart from one another.  With Carpenter Ants, these are the very large black ants.  More specifically, they have one node on their waist and very rounded shape top surface.     

As previously indicated, there are a lot of species of ants in the Unites States.  At times, other ant species may appear to look like Carpenter Ants.  You have to perform a closer insect inspection to differentiate if the thorax has an even or uneven profile.  If they are not Carpenter Ants, they are not usually ants that are wood destroying.  That being the case, proper insect identification is critical prior to determining the best control plan strategy. 

Controlling Carpenter Ants in Monmouth & Ocean Counties

Alliance Pest Services has your solution. Alliance will first conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in an effort to find and eliminate Carpenter Ant nests.  The home owner may need to have damaged wood replaced, if possible, to reduce and/or eliminate moisture problems. Eliminating a Carpenter Ant colony is a tuff task. Alliance Pest Services has the experience and an extensive array of materials to safely and effectively control and eliminate your Carpenter Ant problems.

Call Alliance Pest Services today to solve your Carpenter Ant problems, inspect your home for possible moisture problems that could lead to Carpenter Ants and all your pest control problems.