Carpenter ants are so called because of the precision and accuracy involved in carving out woods to create hollow spaces for themselves and their family. They neatly chew off the soft wood, spit them off, and make burrows. They cannot feast on the hard woods and so allow the exteriors to remain as support structures and walls for their new home.
These creatures are found all over the world. They love damp moist areas because the woods are naturally softer in such places. The queen ant is biggest in size. It reaches a length of 9/16 inches. The worker ants are in turn divided into minor and major ants, having a length of ¼ inch and ½ inch respectively. The winged ants are 7/16 in length.
They are generally black in color. Orange red and yellowish red to black colored carpenter ants are also seen. Their body is segmented into three different parts namely, head, thorax and abdomen. They are six legged species and have an antenna on their head. The winged species have a pair of wings on either side. The mother ant hatches numerous eggs. These turn into larvae, pupa and finally become adults. The winged species will move over to form the parent colony and create their own families.
These ants can enter homes in search of food and water. They love sweet or syrupy food items. Meats, fruit juices, other small insects, plants, etc. form their main dietary sources. They hunt for food at nighttime making them nocturnal in nature. A few hungry ants do come out at day time as well.
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