Introducing the compact carpenter ant! Are you thrilled? Yes, we’re going to be talking about something new today at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control.
The compact carpenter ant is as you would guess, a carpenter ant. We have talked about carpenter ants before here at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control; we previously covered the black carpenter ant and the Florida carpenter ant. The common name for the compact carpenter ant is still unofficial so we’re still at ground level with this one. That’s a funny analogy since these ants are arboreal which means they spend most of their time in the trees instead of the ground. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the compact carpenter ant is an invasive species. They can be found abundantly in Cuba, Mexico and Colombia. Like other ants and other species of insects and arachnids that dwell in tress, they can invade a home when limbs are touching the roof of a structure. They gain access through the eaves and other small openings in and around the roof.
Where does the compact carpenter ant get its name from? The compact carpenter is a relative of the Florida carpenter ant and they can often be found in the same areas. The name “compact” refers to the small size of the ant. These ants have been found in South Florida for a very long time. It’s only recently that pest control operators in our region have reported seeing them. We’re not under a major invasion here and a far more troublesome ant that does deserve fear is the Argentine Ant. Watch out Villages and Lady Lake, most of our Argentine ant calls are coming form your area.