Tips to Exterminate Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the biggest pests in the United States. These small, black ants tend to make their nests in wood, which is how they got their name. These pests can destroy your home’s infrastructure by hollowing out sections of wood. It’s important to quickly deal with the infestation before it gets out of control.

The first step in dealing with the infestation is to confirm that you are dealing with carpenter ants. You can do this by checking the wood of indoor walls and structures, looking for small piles of woods shavings, and trying to spot the ants in the early morning or night. Once you’ve confirmed that you’re dealing with a carpenter ant infestation, you can takes steps to get rid of them.

An effective way to get rid of carpenter ants is to use bait. The ants will pick up this bait and bring it back to their nest, poisoning the entire colony. Top-grade ant baits come in “kits” with bait designed to cover all of an ant’s dietary needs. If bait doesn’t work you may want to consider insecticides. An effective perimeter treatment of your yard will prevent ants from entering your home. If you would rather not use store-bough pesticides and poisons, you can try using a natural remedy. Repeatedly spraying diatomite, a soft sedimentary rock, onto an ant’s nest should destroy their colony, because ants cannot digest it properly. This is a good method for families because it will not harm children or pets.

If none of these methods work or if the infestation is too large to deal with you should consult professional exterminators. A company like Garrie Pest Control will get rid of your infestation quickly and effectively. Garrie Pest Control’s qualified technicians will perform inspections, exterminations, and work to prevent future infestations.  If you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem, or any other type of annoying pest, you should contact an exterminator. They will be able to determine if you have a serious problem and get rid of it before it becomes unmanageable.