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carpenter ant

a black or brown ant of the genus Camponotus that nests in the wood of decaying or dead trees in which it bores tunnels for depositing its eggs.
Origin of carpenter ant
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Small piles of wood particles and/or dead ants found near any of these areas are an indication of carpenter ant nesting activity.
  • Indoor carpenter ant nests are bored into wooden parts of the building, sometimes causing serious structural damage.

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