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Carpenter Ant

How To Control Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants can do a number on soft or damaged wood elements of a home although they don’t consume wood as a part of their diet. If left unchecked, carpenter ants can grow to large numbers and drive homeowners crazy.

Carpenter ants are common across the country and between ¼ of an inch to 3/4 an inch long they are among the largest type of ant there is in the United States. They come in a range of colors depending on the species and because of the damage they do to wood, they can often be confused as termites.

Carpenter ants don’t consume wood at all and merely just like to burrow through dead or rotting wood and create tunnel ways and galleries for easily traveling from their nest to various food sources they enjoy which are usually proteins and sugars. When left untreated, carpenter ant infestations can become quite severe as they will be spending time developing large nests within the inner workings of wooden structures. A good sign that you are dealing with carpenter ants is by finding frass (wood shavings, small wood particles which carpenter ants excrete while burrowing). Frass can be found indoors in piles and around door frames.

If you have an infestation of carpenter ants on the premises it would be wise of you to act fast in controlling them before their population and the damage they create get out of hand. Fortunately, we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn have all that you need to wipe out a carpenter ant invasion effectively.

How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants: Solutions 4 Step Plan

There are plenty of options out there to choose from when trying to address a carpenter ant infestation, but not all of those options work. Solutions Pest and Lawn has expert entomologists on staff and experienced pest control professionals who have tested out products which work best in eliminating carpenter ants.

Step 1: Most importantly, you need to be certain that the ants that you are dealing with are indeed carpenter ants. By inspecting them and identifying them to be carpenter ants, you can then go about a proper control program. If you have trouble identifying the ant, Solutions can help. Send us an image of the ant to our identification@solutionsstores.com email and we will be able to identify right away what type of ant you have.

Step 2: Give your home a thorough inspection to find out where the carpenter ants are residing and where their nest is. Prime areas for inspection include any wooden structures where high moisture content is present, including window and door frames, tub and well enclosure walls, kitchen and bath plumbing walls. Focus your inspection outdoors and time your inspection at night as carpenter ants are nocturnal and are most active at night. Keep a close eye out for signs such as frass, wood shavings, and ants themselves. If you find an ant, let him be and just observe the trail he goes on, the ant may very well lead you to the colony.

Step 3: Treating the actual infestation of carpenter ants includes baiting and spraying outdoors and dusting. Indoors begin by prepping the area for bait placement. There are plenty of effective baits we carry like Ficam. Place these baits down in high traffic areas. For dusting, use D-Fense Dust and dust into wall voids according to label instructions.

Step 4: Outdoors use an effective non-repellant spray like Taurus SC Termiticide or Dominion 2L to create a barrier around your home to keep carpenter ants out. If you happen to find the carpenter ant nest, we recommend spraying a foaming aerosol spray such as Fipro.

Browse our carpenter ant control products below and if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us via phone, online chat or email and we’ll be happy to assist you with your order or give you helpful pest control advice.

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