Carpenter Ants are notorious pests to humans, as they subsist primarily off of wood and have no problems with getting that wood from human structures. Because of this, there are numerous sources that give info on how to exterminate this species. Despite this stereotype, Carpenter Ants are an important part of any ecosystem. The help break down wood and fallen trees, they keep other insect populations in check and they serve as a food source for other species.
Some people will create casts of carpenter ant nests and keep them as works of art. Rightfully so, considering the intricacy of ant nests.