I am really not all that big.
But I am strong!
I am bigger than some of my cousins,
but much smaller than a breadbox.
I might like to get in your breadbox though,
if you are careless enough to leave it open.
I won’t "eat" your house—
--mostly because it does not taste as good as stuff in your breadbox or garden.
I (or more accurately we) will however,
ravenously tunnel through your home's beams and other wood structures.
I love Styrofoam too!
When I am done, the wood will look like convoluted, complicated, corrugated cardboard--
--but not as strong.
I love "C's" can't you tell?
I (or more accurately we) will leave mountains of sawdust for you to find---
---in some unrelated far off part of the house,
or perhaps inside a wall to be found in 100 years,
because we have nothing but time to do so.
If you vigilantly watch your driveway or walkway,
You might see me bringing home a snack.
I am really not all that big—
--but I am STRONG!
I am Carpenter Ant---there's that "C" again!
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board