Typically nest in wood damaged by water. They do not eat wood, they excavate it, making galleries in which they nest. Finding wood shavings are an indications they are present.
Normally nest outdoors, beneath the soil surface, logs, wood, mulch, ect. When disturbed they act erratically with their abdomens raised in the air and emit a smelly odor when crushed.
Normally nest in warm interior areas and can be active indoors year round. Commonly found in commercial resturants and humid inaccessible areas.
Eat almost anything. Nest in lawns and beneath stones, sidewalks, and building foundations. Typically nest outdoors, but will nest in woodwork and masonry crevices indoors.