Ants build their nests everywhere, inside plants, hollow logs, dead trees or deep in the ground, even inside electronics. The nests come in all sizes. Some nests may have as few as a dozen ants living in one chamber underground and some nests can have millions of ants inhabiting them. Read More….
Carpenter ants and black carpenter ants make two types of nests. The main nest is built by the queen, she tunnels into decaying wood to begin the main nest. This site must be damp all the time for the eggs and younger larvae to survive. Read More….
European Fire Ants
The European fire ant is a nasty pest that can be found all over Europe and in some parts of North America and Asia. They are now found on southern Vancouver Island. They are mainly red in color, with slightly darker pigmentation on the head. Read More….
Also known as meadow ants, the species spends most of its life underground in meadows and your lawns. The nests are often completely overgrown by grass, sometimes the nest sites locations can be found by looking for small mounds of loose soil material between the grass stalks. Read More….
The odorous ants emit an acrid, rotting coconut smell when crushed, this is what gives this ant its name. This ant is up to 1/4 cm long with a reddish-brown to black colored body. If the odorous ant perceives a threat, it may move in quick motions while raising its abdomen in the air. Read More….
Pavement Ants measure approximately 1/3 cm in length and have reddish-brown to black bodies, pale legs, and antennae. These ants are found throughout the Pacific Northwest. Pavement ants earned their name because they nest in cracks in driveways and under sidewalks, piling the resulting dirt in a mound on top of the pavement. Read More….
Thatching ants should be avoided by humans when possible as they have a very painful bite and will spray the bite with an acid that causes a burning sting. Ant colonies start with a single queen ant who will build up her colony from hundreds to thousands as she reproduces. Read More….