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Are Ants Mostly Active at Night?

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Different species of ants have different behavioural patterns. However, since we’re usually only awake during the day, it’s easier to take note of ants that are also more active during the day. However, unfortunately, most ant species are more active at night.

For instance carpenter ants, one of the most problematic ant species in Ontario, is primarily a nocturnal ant. This means they spend the most time building their ant nests and gathering food during the nighttime hours. This can make them slightly more problematic for humans to spot. A carpenter ant problem will leave behind signs, though, so keep an eye out:

Here are some signs of carpenter ants to look for if you’re not sure if you have an ant infestation:

  • Sawdust trails. Carpenter ants build their nests inside wood. They particularly like damp or soft wood, so keep an eye on wood piles and stumps.
  • Ant season. Depending on the time of year, an ant infestation may be more likely. You are most likely to have an ant problem in the spring.
  • Scout ants. Even if you’ve just seen one or two ants wandering about, don’t write it off. Ants frequently send out scout ants to seek out sources of water or food. Follow these ants back to their source to determine if you’re dealing with a lone ant, or a larger ant infestation.
  • Damaged wood. Homeowners often think ‘termites’ when they see damaged wood. However, carpenter ants are a viable possibility too. You’ll know it’s ants if you spot sawdust, as ants don’t eat the wood shavings, like termites do. Ants just hollow out wood to create a nest.
  • Crackling sounds.If you’re dealing with a sizable carpenter ant infestation, you may even be able to hear them. Listen closely for soft crackling sounds that indicate carpenter ants digging out their nest.

If you believe you’re dealing with an ant problem that is out of your control, contact Magical Pest Control for a free phone consultation. We’ll help you determine if you’re dealing with an ant infestation, and send out a team to solve the problem. Reach us at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form.

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