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Old 07-31-2016, 10:26 PM
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What kind of ant is this?

We seem to have an infestation of them. They donít seem to be swarming over any food (I canít find a food source that they are eating), but rather they appear from behind and above our cabinets - like they are living in the attic or in the wall.
Are they Carpenter ants?
Bonus points for how to get rid of them.

Ant is about 1/4Ē long. Scottsdale, AZ area.

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Old 08-01-2016, 06:25 PM
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Looks like it is this one.

http://www.tightloop.com/ants/showsp...?species_id=37
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:37 PM
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You need to an exterminator fast ! They will eat your house up. I guess if they're really bad a tent may have to be put over your whole house .
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:39 PM
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Good call, I agree.
And - Woo Hoo!. Not a carpenter ant.

Now, all I have to do is to convince them to leave. My wife is a Buddhist, and doesn’t want me to harm them.
I’m going to try Vinegar and Clove Oil as a repellent.

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Old 08-01-2016, 09:33 PM
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Good call, I agree.
And - Woo Hoo!. Not a carpenter ant.
It is a Carpenter Ant (genus Camponotus).
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:22 AM
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It is a Carpenter Ant (genus Camponotus).
What was the tell (other than the little hammer it was holding in it's front leg )?

According to wikipedia there are > 1,000 species. That's a lot of species!!
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:46 AM
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If you know where they are coming in, apply vinegar to those surfaces. It interferes with their chemical scent trail marking system.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:38 AM
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Also, while you've got 'em please send some to the School of Ants project to increase entomological knowledge. (Will require killing some sample ants humanely by freezing, so don't tell your wife.)
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:41 AM
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I’m trying a vinegar/Clove Oil mixture. Seems to be helping.
Of course a few ants got injured along the way...oops...

BTW, Colibri. Yes, I realized that this ant is in the Carpenter Ant Genus, but I read on the web that this particular species doesn’t tunnel - it uses existing spaces in wood or walls. Hopefully, this is true.
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