There are six species of ants commonly found in Michigan. Each of these species has different habits and identifying characteristics; they each infest homes in different ways and need to be treated differently.The best way to find the nests. This is often easier said than done. Ants follow distinct scent trails between the satellite colonies and the parent nest. Carpenter ants also rely on scent trails to recruit their nestmates to food. With patience and a little effort, homeowners can use this trailing behavior displayed by carpenter ants to locate the nests.
When ants are observed, don't spray them; instead, feed the ants small dabs of diluted honey placed onto the back (non-sticky side) of pieces of masking tape. The best time to do this is late at night since this is when ants are most active. After the ants have fed on the honey, follow them on their journey back to their nest. Be patient-- eventually the ants will disappear behind a baseboard, cabinet, or into some other concealed location such as the hollow space (void) within a wall, door casing, or porch column.