Carpenter ants aren't the same terrorizing pest as termites, though they also live in wood. The difference is that carpenter ants don't feed on wood; they simply hollow out their nests in rotting or damaged wood. It's not uncommon to see these large ants around the home occasionally, although usually it's because they are living in rotting trees or other areas where they aren't doing harm. Occasionally, though, the pests can move inside. The following can help you determine if you have a problem and what you should do.
Determine their main location
Like any type of ant, carpenter ants will come inside homes to forage for food. This is why you should keep crumbs swept up and make sure that all food items are stored in secure containers, not in open bags and boxes. If you only see a few ants around known food sources, then chances are they are foraging.
For larger populations indoors, look for their nesting spot. You can do this by tracing trails of ants from a food source back to the nest. Another thing to look for is soft or rotten wood in areas with a high concentration of ants. Under and behind sinks, where leaks can compromise wood, are common areas for a nest.
Kill the ants
The next step is to kill the ants. If the nest is inside your home, you may want to consider having ant bait put out along known feeding trails or near the nesting site. This bait will be taken back to the nest, where the queen and workers will eat it and die. If you have pets or children, you will need to have bait placed in areas where it can't be accessed by those pets or children.
For ants that are simply foraging inside, cleaning up the crumbs may be enough to discourage them. If not, simply have the perimeter of the outside of the home sprayed to kill any ants that try to venture inside.
Prevent further infestations
Once the ants are destroyed, begin by either replacing the rotted wood that housed the nest or by having insecticidal powders inserted into the nest void to prevent recolonization. Then, walk the exterior of the house with a caulking gun and seal any cracks or holes that may have given the ants entrance to the home. Finally, be careful with your firewood, since this is a normal nesting site. Keep wood stacked away from the home and only bring in what you plan to burn within the next day.
For more help, contact a residential pest control professional in your area.
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