Carpenter Ant- Camponotus
Color-Red to black / Legs-Six / Shape-Segmented; oval / Size-5/8 inches Antennae-Yes / Flying-Yes
Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Carpenter ants excavate deteriorating, moist wood in order to build their nests but do not actually eat the wood. The excess wood is deposited outside entrances to the colony in small piles of sawdust. Often the colony will extend its nest into adjacent, sound wood resulting in smooth tunnels inside the wood. In the Calgary area, carpenter ants are found in porch pillars and roofs, window sills, live and dead trees, rotting logs and stumps and wood in contact with soil. They will enter homes through wet, damaged wood and if they gain entry to a structure, they pose a property threat which needs to be remedied.