Carpenter ants can be distinguished from other ants by their large mandibles, which enable them to tear open wooden structures in search of food and water.
Carpenter ants are common type of ants in Norway. They prefer to live outdoors in warm climates, but will enter homes in the winter if necessary. Carpenter ants build nests out of wood that they find outside and bring back to the colony.
Carpenter Ants Types
There are two types of carpenter ants seen commonly around homes: The Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) and the Red Carpenter Ant (Camponotus cruentatus). Both are similar in appearance and habits but differ slightly in size. The Black Carpenter Ant is approximately 1/2 inch long while the Red Carpenter Ant is about 3/4 inch long. Both have a glossy black exoskeleton with reddish-brown legs and antennae.
Getting Rid Of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ant problems can be solved in various ways depending on their situation.
Identify where they are coming from:
Carpenter ants do not come out of thin air. They will have made a home somewhere and if you can find their nest, it is possible to eliminate them by treating the nest directly. If you cannot find the nest, then other methods of ants control must be used such as using traps or spraying insecticide directly onto where they are nesting.
Traps are useful for catching stokkmaur that may have gotten inside your home or business premises but aren’t in enough numbers yet to justify an insecticide treatment. A good way to do this is with wooden boards placed beneath doors which will allow workers into areas where they might otherwise be trapped outside when trying to get back into their colony again – thereby reducing any risk of stings being experienced by anyone who opens up said board doors.