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Because it makes sense for Us;

Our Families,

Our Pets,

The Earth we stand on,

The Air We breathe and

The Water We drink. tm

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Carpenter Ants

(Camponotus spp.) are large (0.3 to 1.0 in or 0.76 to 2.54 cm) ants indigenous to many forested parts of the world.


They build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood.

They do not consume the wood, however, unlike termites.

Sometimes, carpenter ants hollow out sections of trees. They also commonly infest wooden buildings and structures, and are a widespread nuisance and major cause of structural damage.

One of the most familiar species associated with human habitation in the United States is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). The genus includes over 1,000 species.


Habitat


Carpenter ant cleaning antennae

Carpenter ant species reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying, or hollow wood, most commonly in forest environments. They cut "galleries" into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture.[citation needed]


Carpenter ants carrying a dead bee

Carpenter ants have been known to construct extensive underground tunneling systems. These systems often lead to and end at some food source – often aphid colonies, where the ants extract and feed on honeydew. These tunneling systems also often exist in trees. The colonies typically include a central "parent" colony surrounded and supplemented by smaller satellite colonies.


Food


A major worker of Camponotus sp.

Carpenter ants are foragers that typically eat parts of other dead insects or substances derived from other insects. Common foods for them include insect parts, "honeydew" produced by aphids, or extrafloral nectar from plants. Carpenter ants can increase the survivability of aphids when they tend them. They tend many aphid species but can also express preference for specific ones.[citation needed]


Most species of carpenter ants forage at night. When foraging, they usually collect and consume dead insects. Some species less commonly collect live insects. When they discover a dead insect, workers surround it and extract its bodily fluids to be carried back to the nest. The remaining chitin-based shell is left behind. Occasionally, the ants bring the chitinous head of the insect back to the nest, where they also extract its inner tissue.[6] The ants can forage individually or in small or large groups, though they often opt to do so individually. Different colonies in close proximity may have overlapping foraging regions, though they typically do not assist each other in foraging. Their main food sources normally include proteins and carbohydrates


When workers find food sources, they communicate this information to the rest of the nest. They use biochemical pheromones to mark the shortest path that can be taken from the nest to the source. When a sizable number of workers follows this trail, the strength of the cue increases and a foraging trail is established. This ends when the food source is depleted.

Foraging trails can either be under or above ground.


Although carpenter ants do not tend to be extremely aggressive, they have developed mechanisms to maximize their provision from a food source when that same food source is visited by a competing organism. This is accomplished in different ways. Sometimes they colonize an area near a relatively static food supply. More often, they develop a systemic way to visit the food source with alternating trips by different individual ants or groups. This allows them to decrease the gains of intruders because the intruders tend to visit in a scattered, random, and unorganized manner. The ants, however, visit the sources systematically such that they lower the mean standing crop. They tend to visit more resource-dense food areas in an attempt to minimize resource availability for others. That is, the more systematic the foraging behavior of the ants, the more random that of its competitors.[citation needed]


Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not actually eat wood because they are unable to digest cellulose. They only create tunnels and nests within it.

Winged Male Carpenter Ant

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     •     Baltic - 06330

     •     Bozrah - 06334

     •     Colchester - 06415

     •     East Lyme - 06333

     •     Franklin - 06254

     •     Gales Ferry - 06335

     •     Griswold

     •     Groton - 06340

     •     Hanover - 06350

     •     Jewett City - 06351

     •     Lebanon - 06249

     •     Ledyard - 06339

     •     Lisbon - 06351

     •     Lords Point - 06378

     •     Lyme - 06371

     •     Montville - 06353

     •     Morningside Park

     •     Mystic - 06355

     •     New London - 06320

     •     Niantic - 06357

     •     Noank - 06340

     •     North Franklin - 06254

     •     North Stonington - 06359

     •     Norwich - 06360

     •     Norwichtown

     •     Oakdale - 06370

     •     Occum - 06330 (Baltic)

     •     Old Lyme - 06371

     •     Old Mystic - 06372

     •     Pawcatuck -06379

     •     Poquonock Bridge

     •     Preston

     •     Quaker Hill - 06375

     •     Salem - 06420

     •     Sprague

     •     Stonington - 06378

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     •     Yantic - 06389

Rhode Island RI

02801      Adamsville

02802      Albion

02804      Ashaway

02806      Barrington

02807      Block Island

02808      Bradford

02809      Bristol

02812      Carolina

02813      Charlestown

02816      Coventry

02817      West Greenwich

02818      East Greenwich

02822      Exeter

02823      Fiskeville

02824      Forestdale

02826      Glendale

02827      Greene

02828      Greenville

02829      Harmony

02830      Harrisville

02831      Hope

02832      Hope Valley

02833      Hopkinton

02835      Jamestown

02836      Kenyon

02837      Little Compton

02838      Manville

02839      Mapleville

02840      Newport

02841      Newport

02842      Middletown

02852      North Kingstown

02854      North Kingstown

02858      Oakland

02859      Pascoag

02860      Pawtucket

02871      Portsmouth

02872      Prudence Island

02873      Rockville

02874      Saunderstown

02875      Shannock

02876      Slatersville

02877      Slocum

02878      Tiverton

02879      Wakefield

02880      Wakefield

02881      Kingston

02882      Narragansett

02883      Peace Dale

02885      Warren

02886      Warwick

02887      Warwick

02888      Warwick

02889      Warwick

02891      Westerly

02892      West Kingston

02893      West Warwick

02894      Wood River Junction

02898      Wyoming

02901      Providence

02910      Cranston

02912      Providence

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02921      Cranston