Carpenter Ants

carpenter ant © Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org
carpenter ant © Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

About 600 species of ants reside in the United States, but none is perhaps more infamous than the large black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). In its natural habitat, this ant helps decompose decaying trees, but, once carpenter ants get inside buildings, they become annoying and destructive pests. Learn More

We can blame most ant-related structural damage in the Northeast on carpenter ants. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead tunnel into it to construct their nests. While slow to cause much harm, they can do major damage without control. Learn More