Tips for Catching a Queen (Rural Areas)

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Tips for Catching a Queen (Rural Areas)

Post: # 67644Post Nimarus
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:06 am

Hello. After watching AntsCanada on YouTube for a few years now, I'm thinking of giving a go at caring for an ant colony. I've seen numerous people recommend checking sidewalks for ants at different times depending on species. My problem is that I live in a rural area without sidewalks (property borders with a State Park, so the forest starts at my back yard). The closest thing to a sidewalk I have is a paved road (driveways are all gravel). As a child, I would always find ant mounds in my yard or even the occasional colony under one of the very large rocks in my yard. There has always been a very large ant colony under a giant rock between two dogwood trees on the hillside by my home.

There are a few spots in my yard that I've always found ant colonies (even back when I was a little kid). So I know of a few places I could find an established colony. However, I'd prefer not to disturb the ants if not necessary.

So some advice I'm asking about is:

Least intrusive methods to find a queen that doesn't require I find them on a sidewalk.
If I ended up digging up a colony of ants, how badly could this damage the colony? Or are they more resilient than I'm thinking?

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Re: Tips for Catching a Queen (Rural Areas)

Post: # 67670Post AusAnts
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:43 am

try turn on all house lights and check every 10-20 minutes. This works best after some rain. I did this and i got lots of small queens. I also found my camponotus like this.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

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