Carpenter Ants are more than a nuisance-they “mine” wood to create tunnels and chambers for living space. Although carpenter ants do not actually eat wood, this mining activity damages structural wood members.
Workers are omnivorous, and will attack live arthropods as well as scavenge on dead arthropods for proteins. Honeydew is gathered from aphids and similar plant-sucking insects. Flowers and fruits are visited also for a food source. Many feed on household foods in homes. There are different food preferences during the active season, related to activities of the colony