Ants are extremely adaptable and persistent creatures found just about everywhere on the planet. Some are harmless, but annoying, while others are aggressive and invasive. There are many different ants that call Ohio home, from the common sugar ant and pavement ant to Odorous house ant and yellow ant. Ants may be difficult insects to eliminate as they can adapt to extreme climates and conditions as well as drastic changes in diet.
Carpenter ants are wood dwelling ants that burrow into rotten or compromised wood, trees, logs etc. Although commonly believed, carpenter ants do not consume the wood; they merely push it aside to create homes called galleries. The tiny piles of sawdust, or frass, left behind reveals this creature’s presence. Even though these ants are wood destroying, rarely do they cause significant damage if the infestation is dealt with promptly. Carpenter ants are black ants ranging in sizes from about a quarter of an inch to 1 inch. They are usually found in areas that are more likely to be susceptible to moisture such as around windowsills and doorframes, roof eaves and gutters, patios and decks. Although Carpenter Ants will form many satellite colonies inside the home and are the most likely ant found to be infesting homes, their parent colony is always located outside.