Among several pests, the one that goes for dead, moist wood to build their nests is carpenter ants. These kinds of ants are not capable to eat solid food. Because they have a very long, exceptionally thin food pipe which stops them from eating solid food.
They mostly prefer aphid honeydew or tree sap. Some ants rarely go for some insect prey like aphids, crane flies, mosquitoes, honey bees etc. While choosing insects prey they chew the parts of the insects and obtain some nutritious liquids. They also consume human intakes such as honey, syrup, apples etc.
Life Cycle of Carpenter Ant
From early January all the way through June the ants that are reproductive such as winged males and females run off the nest anytime. It is noticeable that different colonies may leave the nest at different times. The mating process takes place in group and it has been noted that the first mating takes place in the month of May and others in June, July, August and September. Then the mated queens locate an appropriate place to survive and chew off their wings, dig up a small home and start laying the eggs.
The laid eggs may become workers or queens. Males can only be produced by the unmated queens or queens whom have run out of sperm. Feeding may not occur during the months of winter such as November, December, and January.
By the end of the summer any workers have come out or the larvae from delayed eggs become dormant and this stage ends by mid-January, when the queen initiates to lay eggs again. The growth time of a colony is very short from one queen in the initial year, or season.