Black Ant Control
What are Black Ants?
The black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) is a species of carpenter ant. It is the most common carpenter ant pest in the United States, amongst all the types of ants.
Black carpenter ants are known to forage up to 100 yards in search of food. Workers are most active at night, traveling from their nest to a food source following trails. They do establish chemical (pheromone) trails. The ants produce crackling sounds that can often be heard near a large nest. A large colony can have thousands of individuals. The black carpenter ant does not sting, but the larger workers can administer a sharp bite, which can become further irritated by the injection of formic acid, which they produce. Black carpenter ants are fiercely territorial with regard to other ants.
Black carpenter ants do not eat or digest wood, but they tunnel through wood, which can cause structural damage.
In their natural environment, carpenter ants nest in dead trees and other dead wood. This enhances decay, which has ecological benefits. However, the ant achieves pest status when a colony invades the wood of a house or other structure, damaging its structural integrity.
A popular question: Black Ants or termite?
Carpenter ants differ from termites by having dark-colored bodies, narrow waists, elbowed (bent) antennae, and if present, hind wings shorter than front wings. Carpenter ants are very common and are frequently seen in the open.
Facts about Black Ants:
- Black carpenter ants are actually farmers! One of their favorite foods is a dew-like juice produced by smaller insects, called aphids. The black carpenter ants will feed and protect aphids in order to eat the sugary dew.
- An ant can lift 10 to 20 times its own body weight.
- If a man weighed 180 pounds, he would have to lift 1,800 to 3,600 pounds to be as strong as an ant.
- Ants have the largest brain of any insect. The combined brain cells of a colony of ants have about the same number of brain cells as a human.