Carpenter Ant Swarms Mean Trouble
Location = Belmont, MA
Carpenter Ant colonies
start slowly in the first 1-2yrs but they ramp up egg production in year three. By the 4th-5th year they have thousands of ants within the colony and they begin swarming. So if you see large winged ants (black with golden wings) then you know you have a mature colony. How many ant colonies do I have on my property? Recent research indicates that there can be as many as 5-15 colonies on your property & in your home. This amounts to thousands of ants per colony and perhaps as many as 100,000 ants in total. You are probably saying “I do not see that many ants.” You would be correct in this statement. The problem is that you only see about 15% of the ants in the day, the other 85% forage from 10PM-3AM!!!
George E. Williams Jr., A.C.E.
General Manager – Staff Entomologist - Pest Control, MA