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Queens ants are up to 3/4 inch. The workers ants will be of various sizes.
Red and black or just black
Reproduction is accomplished by a process called swarming. Annually male and female ants grow wings and will leave the nest to swarm (mate) as a method of starting new colonies. Generally, a colony will to be six to ten years old before they produce swarmers. Although only a small number of ants in the colony become swarmers, there can still be hundreds, or even thousands, of swarmers. Most swarms are over in a few days, but can last longer. Also, if there is a second colony, they most likely swarm in different days.
Swarms can happen any time of the year and often occur during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Swarmers will always fly toward light. Thus, windows, lights and televisions are often unintended targets of swarmers.
Satellites colonies are found where there is an established colony that is old enough to produce swarmers. The maximum amount of satellite colonies can be as high as ten or twelve, with all being located hundreds of feet away from the established colony.
When nesting indoors, Carpenter Ants can be found behind dishwashers, in electronics, inside walls and boxes, and beneath bath tubs or hot tubs. They can also be found
In the structural areas of the house, Carpenter Ants will often nest under attic insulation, making foggers useless. They can also be found in air conditioning equipment, stored boxes, in the voids of walls, electrical outlets, and the voids in bay windows.
When nesting outdoors, Carpenter Ants are known to reside in trees, living or dead, hollowed out stumps, under timbers, and fence posts are also ideal places for these insects to build their colonies in.
While Carpenter Ants do not actually eat wood, they cut it away and burrow into it. Usually they will go to wood softened by water (dry rot) or, perhaps, a water leak. Burrows will be smooth, as if sandpapered, and clean of frass, mud, or pellets.
1. We recommend that all the bushes and shrubs in the mulch area, be cut back from touching the house by atleast 12 inches.
2. Keep Lawns cut and debris picked up, including fruit that has fallen to the ground.
3. Organic mulch should not be more than 2 inches deep.
4. Tress should not overhang the house and or touch the roof or sides of the property.
5. It is also important to seal any access points around windows, doors, and A/C lines.
Direct apply pesticides on nests and broadcast sprays around the perimeter of the property. Baits are rarely effective.