Best Way to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Home sweet home!!!!!!! You may have a very beautiful house, decorated with beautiful and costly wooden furniture. Then there have a definite chance of carpenter ants attack. They may destroy your furniture at any time.

You need to know the way of getting rid of them. They are very dangerous and destructive. They can destroy tons of wood every year. It is very hard to get rid of carpenter ant. No need to be worried about it, now I am describing the way of getting rid of carpenter ants.

Nature of Carpenter Ant

For getting rid of carpenter ant, it is very important to know their nature. How they looks like, what they do for collecting foods, what is their food, what they like, and also dislike? They do not destroy wood for food like termites. They do not eat wood. They use woods for making nest. They create tunnels inside the wood and start breeding.

Physical Characteristics of Carpenter Ants - they are large in size and normally black in color. Their length varies for ¾” to ½”. They have single node on their back and even round thorax. They have elbow angle antenna on their head and unequal wings pair on their back. Their hive consists with one queen, few male, and remaining worker ants.

How They Collect Food?

There have some scout ants in every hive. At first they find food and signal the workers for collecting those foods. They use scent trail to inform the workers about the food.

What They Eat?

They do not eat wood. They like to eat sweet and protein. They find food which contains sugar. Sugar attracts them very much. Protein is also very necessary for their existence.

What they like?

They like moist places for making nest. For this they find rotten and moist woods. They can easily create tunnels for making gallery.

Best Way to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

In generally people wipe the places of ant’s nest and also wash the scent of trail so that the worker cannot find the food source. They clean their houses and remove those materials which attract the ant. This is a very temporary solution to get rid of them.

So, getting rid of them, you have to locate their nest, and also the source of their interest. For finding them you have to follow their trail. They mainly become very active at midnight. Collect a flashlight and follow them. Hope you will be able to identify the location.

Then you will have to select the technique which will use for controlling carpenter ants. Selection of inappropriate technique and pesticide may create great trouble. If the queen be able to escape and survive then it boost breeding, and the attack become more dangerous.

Techniques of getting rid of carpenter ants

Simple and natural ways of getting rid of carpenter ants:

  • Enlarge the opening of the hole and pour hot or cold water into the nest. Ensure the nest is filled with water. You may also use soda water; this is also works very well. 
  • Remove all the rotten and moist woods from your house.
  • Remove all materials which attract them, i.e. sugar, honey, foods contains protein, etc.
  • Regularly check and clean those products which attract them.
  • You should caulk or seal the hole of entering carpenter ant into your house.

Use Neem oils for getting rid of carpenter ants

Neem oil is an organic oil. This is a natural pesticide. It helps removing pests from house. Being organic oil, it has no negative impact on nature. Make sure the queen is dead before ending the operation.

Use boric acid and sugar mixture for getting rid of carpenter ants

Boric acid and sugar mixture is very good for removing this pest from home. They like sugar and die eating boric acid. Make a 1:10 mixture of boric acid and sugar. The blending ratio is important because, if the percentage of boric acid increases in the mixture then the worker ant will die just after touching it. Otherwise the worker ant will carry the mixture into their hive and eat altogether and die.

Use corn products for killing carpenter ant

Carpenter ant cannot digest corn. So, if you spread foods made by corn around the hive then they may die eating that. [NB. Not Tested]

When the attack is very saver!

I think in such a situation you should not try to control carpenter ants by yourself. Without having sufficient knowledge the problem may become more dangerous. You should hire any specialist for removing them from your property. Because, they have good collection of pesticides. They are experienced handling the problem.

If you still want to remove those devils by yourself then do some research and find out the best pesticides. If you have any idea about this issue and/or want to say something then feel free to leave comment.

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