Utah State University Extension
Carpenter ants are members of the insect order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and other ants. Carpenter ants can be occasional pests in the home and are noted particularly for the damage they can cause when nesting in wood. In Utah they are more of a nuisance rather than a major structural pest.
Karren, Jay B. and Roe, Alan H., "Carpenter Ants and Control in Homes" (2000). All Current Publications. Paper 1303.