Latin Name: Camponotus spp.
Carpenter ants dwell in almost all forested parts of the world, dwelling in soft or decaying wood hulled out with large mandible parts. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood. Wood is simply excavated to create a new home or galley. Typically inhabiting trees, carpenter ants will invade a home if conditions mimic that of decomposing trees. Normally carpenter ants are found in areas such as the roof line, doors, and windows as these areas are prone to moisture intrusion, which is very common in the south. One of the easiest ways to distinguish a carpenter ant is the hair located on the abdomen of the ant.