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How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Bug Lady posted this on Aug 4, 2016


Carpenter Ants are social ants that live in colonies, primarily in wood. They hollow out wood to build their nests. Their tunneling in wood and foraging for food and water lead to their “pest” status in or around homes. Carpenter ants are an excellent indicator of moisture problems in a building, or other conditions conducive to their infestation, such as rotting wood, that need attention. Homeowners can minimize damage to their houses from carpenter ants by learning how to identify the ants, knowing their nest site preferences, and taking proper preventive and control measures.

Insecticide treatment


Treat carpenter ant nests with a residual insecticide applied either as a dust or spray. You may need to drill small holes into wall voids, window and door sills, baseboards and other areas to reach the nest or major part of the colony, Premise Foam is a great new product that can be applied to these areas very easily. Dusts such as Drione, Delta Dust, Eco Dust, formulations are particularly effective, as the ant activity tends to spread the dust throughout the colony.


Treat wooden structural members and other exposed, frequently wet wood with a wood preservative to slow decay, such as Bora-care, Timbor, Borrada D, and Borrada LP . Some baits are labeled for carpenter ants. The colony can be controlled successfully if foraging ants take the baits and pass the toxin to the queen and brood.
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait, Advance Carpenter Ant Bait, and Niban.

Identification
Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the United State. Adults vary in length from about ¼ inch (6mm) for a minor worker, to ½ inch (12 mm) for a major worker, and up to 7/16 inch (18 mm) for winged reproductive’s. Each colony has one functional, wingless queen, 9/16 inch (20 mm) long.
Winged carpenter ants resemble winged termites. It is vital that they be identified accurately, because control measures differ greatly for the two insect groups.

How to tell ants and termite swarmers apart:


Ants have small, constricted waists; wings of unequal length, with the front pair longer than the hind pair; and antennae bent at right angels about mid-length.
Termite bodies are not narrowed at the middle; their wings are of equal length; and their antennae are rather straight with bead-like segments.
Diet


Carpenter ants eat a great variety of both animal and plant foods, including honeydew from aphids, scale insects and other plant-sucking insects, plant juices, fresh fruits, living or dead insects, other small invertebrates, common sweets such as syrup, honey, jelly, sugar and fruit, and most kinds of meat, grease and fat. Unlike termites, they can not digest wood cellulose.
They forage mostly at night from 10 pm to 4 am. Solitary ants seen during the day are usually scouts looking for suitable food sources.
Knowing your enemy will help you become more like a professional pest control technician and insure your success with all your pest control.

 

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