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Category: Pest Control Tips | 15.01.2014
Carpenter ants are very abundant in Iowa, and are common pests in homes and other buildings.
Carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead construct their nests in wood such as hollow trees, stumps, logs, posts, landscaping timbers, and the lumber used in homes and other structures.
Carpenter ants found indoors in the winter usually come from nests somewhere within the house. Control of carpenter ants inside trees is difficult but can be done as a way to reduce invasion of the ants into adjacent structures. The most common carpenter ants are the familiar “large, black ants” that are one-half inch or more in length and shiny black. Ants found indoors during spring or summer could be invaders wandering in from outdoors or they may be foragers from a nest in the wall or ceiling.


Control is not essential for the tree's health, as the ants are only taking advantage of an existing situation of soft, weak wood in which to establish their colony. Other kinds of carpenter ants, however, are as small as one-quarter inch and are reddish brown or two-toned. Our best suggestion is to spend time observing ants to see if you can detect a pattern of movement. Stress, mechanical injury, environmental conditions, disease or other insects are responsible for killing limbs or sections of the trees in which the ants are able to nest.
Available controls are not likely to permanently rid a tree of carpenter ants so retreatment every year or so may be necessary. Also, cutting down otherwise viable trees that happen to be infested with carpenter ants is generally not necessary.


One consistent characteristic of all carpenter ants is the smoothly rounded outline of the thorax when viewed from the side.
In spring and summer carpenter ants are more active at night and observations after sunset, with a flashlight on the outside and inside of the house may give an indication of the source. Once injury has occurred, wood decay can set in if moisture is present; it is the wood decay that gives the carpenter ants the opportunity to colonize the tree.
Carpenter ants use knots, cracks, holes and old insect tunnels to gain access to these areas.



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