How Many Queens are in a Carpenter Ant Colony?

How Many Queens are in a Carpenter Ant Colony?

Carpenter ant colonies are an incredibly complex system of social interactions, which is really a marvel of evolutionary innovation. Each type of carpenter ant has a specific role to play. The queen is the most important carpenter ant within a colony due to her ability to lay eggs and produce future generations. Her role is singular, and she can be thought of as the ruler of the entire colony, hence the name, queen. A colony will typically only have one queen, but there are instances throughout Canada where a colony can be so massive, that two to three distinct colonies can occupy the same large space, which means that up to three queens can exist in one large structure.

The queen carpenter ant is a subspecies that exists to produce future generations of carpenter ants. Male carpenter ants not of the worker or soldier sub species, will mate with winged females who then drop their wings and seek out new structures to colonize. Once a queen has found a new colony to set up in, she will lay her eggs and exist on fat reserves until the new colony emerges to start the cycle all over again.

A queen carpenter ant serves no other purpose but to produce future generations. Soldiers and workers will also work to protect her at all costs. If you have ever thought about attempting to find a queen in an active carpenter ant colony, you will be embarking upon finding a needle in a haystack. The queen is deeply hidden in a private chamber and is protected around the clock. While finding her and killing her would prevent more colonies from branching out once they are mature enough to swarm, it will not destroy the active colony.

A carpenter ant control Toronto professional possesses the adequate knowledge and equipment within their arsenal to treat and destroy an entire colony, including the carpenter ant queen. Measures will not focus solely on locating the queen, but more on treating with chemicals which will be shared throughout the colony and eventually find its way to the queen.

Carpenter ant queens are usually only divided between one per colony. There are instances where multiple queens can exist within the same large structure, meaning there are multiple colonies inside of the structure. Pest control professionals possess a wide range of chemicals to destroy an entire colony, including a queen.