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Interesting Facts About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants build their colonies by excavating space in damp or damaged wood and hence the name. You can identify them with the general presence of one upward protruding node, looking like a spike, at the "waist" attachment between the thorax and abdomen (petiole).

Carpenter ants can actually chew wood and spit it out which means they have powerful jaws. Few species of Carpenter ants are aggressive and will sting if their nest is disturbed. Over the time, Carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage if allowed to establish a colony without intervention. Here are few interesting facts about Carpenter ants:

Carpenter ants are normally black in color, but, they can also be red, yellow, dark brown, light brown, or even orange depending on their species. Few are even red and black.

Most of the species of Carpenter ants do not sting, but since they have strong jaws they can actually bite! They also inject the wound with formic acid.

Carpenter ants are very strong - strong enough to lift between seven and 50 times their own weight! If we put it this way then you will be shocked - If humans were carpenter ants, they’d be able to move a car with teeth.

Carpenter ants hibernate in their nests during the winter, but if they are near source of heat direct sunlight or heated air from the furnace, then they remain active in winters also.

If you are concerned about carpenter ants in your home or business premises, then contact a professional pest control company. Essen Pest Control is once such company in Ottawa and you can contact them at 613 804 7378.

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