What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

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Carpenter ants can vary in range from 6 to 20 millimeters, and are generally red or black in color. Discover why carpenter ants are often found in wood with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an entomologist for twenty years and we're here at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center talking about what do carpenter ants look like. They're large ants varying in range in size from six millimeters to twenty millimeters depending on the cast and species. They're generally red, black or some combination there of. They're, as the name implies often found in wood. They're not feeding on the wood like termites, but they form tunnels through the wood and they're very smooth elongate ants with the larger ones having large mouth parts or mandibles, and the helps them burrow through the wood. And those are some of the ways to recognize the carpenter ants.

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