Previously in the Ultimate Guide to Carpenter Ant Removal we learned how to spot carpenter ants at our property. Now let's explore the carpenter ant nest and how to locate it.
Remember, carpenter ants are tricky to control, so if you're unsure what to do give us a call and one our ant control technicians will help you out.
The Carpenter Ant Nest
Carpenter ants are known to be one of the toughest ant species to deal with. Their biology is the main factor in this. They are most active at night, and they carve out their nests inside wood, making them difficult to locate. Also, they tend to have multiple nests. So even if you find and destroy an entire nest of carpenter ants, that doesn’t mean you’ve killed the colony. A single carpenter ant queen can live for 15 years or more and will lay 70,000 eggs in that time. The battle against carpenter ants can often turn into a grinding war of attrition.
Still, there’s a lot you can do to either prevent yourself from getting this problem in the first place, or dealing with it if you do end up sharing your home with these Vancouver pests. And if these difficult ants become too much for you to deal with, don’t worry. Help is just a phone call away.
Finding The Nest
Given their size – 12 mm or half an inch long – it's not too hard to spot an adult carpenter ant. But the foraging skills of a carpenter ant are not what they could be, and often ants will wander quite far from the nest in search of food. Tracking down the nest site is key to carpenter ant control, but it's not always easy. Sometimes, by observing the movement patterns of ants, you will get a clue as to the location of a nest. Another clue is the presence of fine sawdust, known as frass. This is created by the ants carving out galleries in which to travel, live, and lay their eggs, and is a very good indicator of the nearby presence of a nest.
It’s even possible to hear a nest. The constant movement of the ants inside can sometimes be detected through walls and ceilings as a kind of quiet rustling or crackling sound.
Another good indicator of a nest site is a swarm of winged reproductive ants. These ants emerge in the spring often in huge numbers. They take to the air to do their mating, but if you spot an area where lots of winged ants are emerging together, it’s a good sign that there may be a nest nearby.
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Westside Pest Control is the no1. Ant Control company in the lower mainland. In addition to carpenter ants, we also treat for Fire Ants and Pavement Ants. If there is a need for professional help with an infestation contact of of the team today on 604-559-9060, we would be happy to help.