Most species of ants found in southern B.C. are non-destructive to man-made objects with the exception of Carpenter Ants (See Carpenter Ants in this section).
Ants prefer to set up their nests in the ground because of the moisture. They eat insects that they capture or scavenge, nectar and honeydew as they need a balance between carbohydrates and protein for survival of the nest.
Flying ants are an indicator that a colony is reproducing. There are new queens and males with wings and once mating has occurred, the male dies shortly after. The queen will remove her wings and tend to the duties necessary for the new nest survival, producing workers to gather food and expand the colony.
Ants are social and have developed a sophisticated communications system to direct others to food sources or to sound an alarm when something threatens the colony. Ants will protect their territory and can become a nuisance to humans when their territory overlaps ours.