Carpenter ants build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood. However, unlike termites they do not consume wood, discarding a material that resembles sawdust.
Sometimes, carpenter ants hollow out sections of trees. They also commonly infest wooden buildings and structures, and are a widespread nuisance and major cause of structural damage. Carpenter ants are considered both predators and scavengers
- They are large in size- 8 to 25 mm
- Blackish in colour
- Most species of carpenter ants forage at night.
- The ants can forage individually or in small or large groups
- The workers will then feed the queen and its larvae by consuming the food they have found, and regurgitating (trophallaxis) the food at the nest.
- Foraging trails can either be under or above ground.
- They do not sting like Fire Ants