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I envy the country of Britain! Here in America it is illegal to sell or transport a queen ant out of state. For this reason, the only way to find a queen is to dig her up. I live in a suburb of Central Missouri and don't really know where to start. We don't have many flat rocks lying around so I was just wondering where it would be logical to start looking. I'm sixteen and inexperienced, so I was hoping for some useful secrets from the masters of the trade. any information you have is extremely helpful. Thanks for the help!
It can be hard trying to find ant nests if they're not under stones, but they can be found under old bricks, paving slabs or even bits of old carpet or roofing felt that may be left lying around on the ground. Anywhere that has soft damp soil, or nice dark places for ants to live and hide inside, such as stone walls or old buildings.
The best way to find a nest is first to look for foraging workers, and then try to follow their trail back to the nest. The more ants there are, the closer you usually are to it
As it is a long way off until the summer mating flights, we all know how impatient you may be to start collecting a colony; but often the best way to start is to find a newly mated queen(s) and collect these, as then you know the queen of the colony is young and should have a healthy life ahead in which to lay lots of eggs
Hope this helps, and we look forward to hearing how you get on with finding ants in your area, as we are all ant lovers here ;D
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