Carpenter ants in old railroad ties

Previous owner of home has railroad ties as flowerbed retaining wall that are up against the North and south sides the house. The ties are full of carpenter ants and I’d like to get rid of them and the flower beds. Can I move them with active nests or will it cause them to scatter and create more nests, potentially in my house.
Thanks! Neebing

Even the most careful removal of the old railroad ties is likely to result in the displacement/dispersal of some of the ants. I suggest that you read the section on carpenter ant control found on our web pages – see (Carpentar Ant Identification & Control)