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Carpenter Ants of the United States and Canada

Summary: Check out this recently published reference to North American carpenter ants.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

The large, often dark-colored ants that we call carpenter ants all belong to the genus Camponotus. Unlike the smaller, soil-nesting nuisance ants, the large, powerful carpenter ants often nest in cavities above ground. Carpenter ant nests are located in stumps, decaying trees or similar natural cavities. When carpenter ants establish nests in our homes, however, they can cause damage as the nests are enlarged (see Carpenter Ants details).

Carpenter ants occur worldwide but they are most important as structural pests in temperate zones where they replace termites as the dominant pest. This new reference book (left) for the North American species is now available.

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