This is a close cousin to the Velvety Tree Ant, but often behaves much like carpenter ants, by excavating cavities within structural wood members. Large accumulations of fine sawdust-like frass are pushed from these nests onto surfaces below. Foraging workers are most often found on trunks of trees, particular pine trees, feeding on other insects and on honeydew from plant feeding pests. Exterior nests will almost always be in wood, such as rotting root systems of trees, hollow trees, old stumps, etc.
Control of most ants includes correction of the attractions that drew them to a property, including harborage sites, food sources, and moisture conditions. Elimination of insects that provide protein or honeydew sources reduces ant foraging in an area, very important for this species. Ant bait products in granular, liquid, or gel formulations can be effective, and protein baits may be preferred. When the ants are nesting within a structure the nest needs to be located and treated directly, with residual dust insecticides very effective.