after looking online I have determined that these are carpenter ants as I suspected.
I chopped up all the wood around the one I found with the ants in it and saw no more of them
What I am going to do is over the next few days, chop all the rest of the wood into splits and if I dont see anymore, not worry about it.
They are real obvious when they are there.
If I do find more, then I will figure out what to do with that wood.
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