Ants are social insects with a large number of species including carpenter, ants, moisture ants, lawn ants, etc. They can be easily identified by their elbowed antennae and distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.
Carpenter ants, which make their nests in wood, inflict the most damage. Their nests can be found in house walls or roofs, fences or decks, or trees, but they will even construct hills in the ground. Large black ants are the most common kind. There are numerous types of carpenter ants, but if the consumer is reporting huge, black ants, it is most likely carpenter ants.
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