Ants are always foraging for food and water.
There are literally, thousands of different species of ants. Most, in Oklahoma, are more of a nuisance than a danger to man.
Carpenter ants chew wood and drop the shavings, whereas termites consume the wood and pass it through digestion.
Carpenter ants may be black or red and black. They come in various sizes and tunnel into dead wood creating galleries to lay eggs and nest in.
The black ants you typically see in your kitchen are scavengers and are merely foraging for food and water. Leave a drop of honey or syrup and you may get a quick introduction to your local ant community.
Ants are treated using baits, non-repellent liquids, and sometimes pesticide dust.