These ants nest in both parent and multiple satellite colonies that consist of workers, older larvae, and pupae. They often create satellite colonies if there is adequate supply of food and water as they prefer very moist environments. They typically live in old, rotting wood that has been exposed to severe moisture.
Although they do not eat the wood, they remove it and deposit the debris outside of their nests in small piles, which can be observed. This ant species is very tidy and keeps the interior of their nest smooth as sandpapered wood, removing deteriorated food or deceased ants from their nest. They even collect resin to use to create a chemical disinfectant! Although that may seem appealing, these ants are definitely not the house guests you want visiting you – they can be difficult to eliminate. One queen can live up to 25 years and have MILLIONS of babies throughout their lifetime!