Carpenter ants are the most common and destructive wood-destroying insects in Norway. They spend most of their lives in the outdoor environment, but they also travel indoors on occasion.
Carpenter ants can be distinguished from other ants by their large size and elbowed antennae. They are black or dark brown with a reddish-orange abdomen. The workers have a pair of spines at the tip of the abdomen. The queen may have wings but only rarely leaves her nest to fly. Males have no wings and are smaller than workers.
Stokkmaur colonies can be quite large, with several hundred thousand workers and several thousand queens per colony. A colony can live for over 20 years in a single wood structure. Carpenter ants prefer moist wood that has been damaged by moisture or fungi; they usually do not attack healthy wood but will repair damaged areas as long as there is a food source available (usually honeydew from aphids).
Carpenter ants are very destructive pests, and they can cause extensive damage to your home. It is important to get rid of them as soon as possible because they will continue to infest your home as long as they can find food sources there.
Here are some ways that you can get rid of carpenter ants in your house:
To prevent carpenter ants from entering your house, make sure that all openings are sealed properly. You should also inspect the exterior walls for any signs of infestation. If you find any holes or cracks in the wall, you should seal them immediately with a caulking gun or other sealing materials.
You should also check the plumbing pipes and other areas where water may leak into your walls or foundation. This is because carpenter ants love damp areas that have moist soil around them and food sources such as rotting wood or other organic material. If there are leaks in these areas, you should hire a plumber to repair them so that you do not attract more carpenter ants into your home in the future.