Common name: Carpenter ant
Scientific name: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Hosts: Found in dead or rotting wood.
Wood that is soft and moist, or decaying is the carpenter ant’s preferred nesting site. The telltale sawdust expelled during the construction of these nesting galleries gives the insect its name. While often associated with wood that is dead or rotting, the carpenter ant is not the source of the deterioration, as is generally thought. In reality, the underlying cause of the wood’s decay is probably a more serious problem than the ants themselves.