Appearance: The Florida carpenter ant may vary in color, from black, brown, reddish, or light brown. They are about 1/5” to ½” in length, typically.
Location & Behavior Patterns: Florida carpenter ants are most active at night, and can be found throughout Florida all year. They tend to create a main “home” nest, and then they have swarmer ants (flying ants) that forge out to other locations and develop satellite nests. They are highly-attracted to dead, or dying, wood, such as; tree limbs, tree trunks, or stumps. If found indoors, the main nest will need a source of moisture, in order to survive for long periods of time.
Although they are attracted to dead wood, they do not actually eat the wood. They just excavate the wood, in order to make their home. Their location may be noticeable by small piles of sawdust along wooden structures.
Treatment: Carpenter ants are not harmful to people, but they can be destructive to your property; therefore, professional treatment of this type of ant is highly recommended. Locating the main nest is very tricky, because sometimes, the nests are difficult to reach. For example, a Florida carpenter ant colony may be high up in a tree, somewhere in the attic, or deep in a crawlspace. Locating the satellite nests, and treating them directly, is the most effective form of treatment for this problematic ant.
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