How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?
First Let Us Help You Identify Them
Carpenter ants are among the most common household pests in many parts of the world. They are also called wood ants and carpenter bees. Carpenter ants are one of the most notorious varieties of ants found in North America. They can be found in all 50 states; the only places that don’t have them are Hawaii, Alaska, and a few remote islands.
Carpenter ants are among the largest ant species and can be up to 1/2 inch long. They have a black head and thorax with a reddish abdomen. Carpenter ants are scavengers and will eat just about anything, including sweets, meats and plants.
Carpenter ants do not eat wood, instead, these insects prefer to live inside homes near food sources like water lines or other liquids with sugars or proteins. They may travel over 100 feet from their nest to find food.
What Damage Do Carpenter Ants Cause?
Though carpenter ants do not eat wood, they do nest and infest in wood structures, including windowsills, overhangs, eaves, porches, decks and fences. Due to their wood-boring tendencies, carpenter ants are known for causing extensive damage to homes and commercial properties.
They can also make their nests in the framework of your home’s exterior walls, as well as within the walls of your house or other buildings.
Carpenter ants are one of the most destructive pests in the United States. They not only cause damage to the wood in your home, but when their nests are disturbed, they will bite in defense. Because of their large size, the bite can break the skin and be painful. With their defensive tactic comes a spray of chemical or formic acid, increasing the pain.
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants Outside & Prevent Them From Coming Indoors
As already mentioned, A carpenter ant infestation can be hazardous to a home. They are very destructive and invasive. They will eat almost anything they can get their mandibles on. They start their colonies outdoors, and when the queen moves indoors, she forms new colonies around the house, especially in the kitchen and pantry.
If you do not want them to enter the indoors, it is vital to find them outdoors and stop them in their tracks.
First, find the nest by setting our a bait for them to get and watch them bring it back to their nest.
Because they like sweets, you can mix equal parts of baking soda and sugar in a shallow dish. They will be attracted to the sugar; however, baking soda will instantly kill them.
These tactics may seem more straightforward and easier than they actually are. Just killing a few with sugar and baking soda will not prevent an infestation, and destroying the nest can be tricky since they most likely have already penetrated the wood structure.
Get Help To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants Today
Yes, carpenter ants can be a challenge to get rid of, and a carpenter ant infestation can happen quickly. Therefore, it is highly recommended if you see one call for professional pest removal services quickly. Garfield Pest Control can get rid of your carpenter ants quickly and for good. Contact Garfield Pest Control today.