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carpenter ant

noun
1.
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
1880-1885
1880-85
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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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