New York State IPM Program

Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Renovate Your Home!

Carpenter ants are the most common ant pest found in the Northeastern United States.

Black Carpenter Ant

Black Carpenter Ant

They cause structural damage when they excavate wood for nest sites.

Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter Ant Damage

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but rather scavenge on dead insects and collect sugary secretions (“honeydew”) produced by other insects such as aphids. Carpenter ants are a nuisance pest when workers are spotted inside foraging for food and when winged swarmers are found inside.

Find out how to stop them in our Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Renovate Your Home! fact sheet and for more general information on ants, check out our ants page in What’s Bugging You?.

Author: Karen English

I am the designer (graphic & web) for the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. I help manage the public image of the Program via the website, print publications, and social media.

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