Monday, March 30, 2015

What is this winged ant I'm seeing???

The carpenter ant "reproductives" are out! What's a "reproductive"? We are starting to see carpenter ant swarms (i.e. the reproductive queens and males) in and around homes and businesses. Carpenter ants produce large numbers of queens and males during the late summer that emerge from nests the following spring (also happen during late winter) for their nuptial flights. After mating, queens search for suitable sites to begin new nests. Once they land, their wings break off and each queen attempts to construct a new nest. These are some great pictures sent to us today from a family in Sammamish, WA. If you see these around your home, give Cascade Pest a call at 425-641-6264.