Need some help finding a queen

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Need some help finding a queen

Post: # 68832Post Fourteen
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:18 am


I live in the Norman-ish area of Oklahoma and have this year decided I would really like to keep ants. After doing some reading and reaching out to local ant keepers, I learned some species fly as early as February here. I walk around my neighborhood everyday, longer walks on days after rain, and still have found nothing. I see ants, what I think are black carpenter ants, but I cannot find a queen for the life of me. Any specific methods I should try out, or any tips for finding queens would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Need some help finding a queen

Post: # 68876Post CabboAntsGuy
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:13 pm

As for finding them in the open, that's just luck, but I did find one of my queens beneath the bark of a tree, so looking in rotting logs and old trees might yield something.
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