Treat for Carpenter Ants Now

These giants of the ant world can do large-scale damage to your home. If you’ve seen one, you probably have hundreds more you just haven’t spotted yet. If you haven’t treated for carpenter ants yet this fall, it’s past time to take care of this pest control problem!

carpenter ants NOv 1Carpenter ants are happy to live outdoors or indoors, anywhere there is a supply of damp, rotting or hollow wood. Unfortunately, most of your home’s structure is comprises of wood. Anywhere this wood meets the ground, it can and will absorb moisture from the soil and create a perfect starting point for carpenter ants.

Wood isn’t a food source for carpenter ants like it is for termites. Rather, it’s a means of travelling safely from place to place and a good place to live.   They cut galleries in damp wood to make nesting sites and tunnels. They would rather eat your food, especially sweets and fatty things, instead of wood. Aphids are their natural food source but your snacks make an excellent replacement, especially if you leave them in easy reach.

Fall is a good time to start treating for carpenter ants. They have not settled down for the winter but they are building up their food stores. Most ants go into a serious food-gathering mode at this time of year to get ready for a long winter with little resources. This is a good time for your pest control professionals to employ baits and powders.

Sprays are notoriously ineffective on carpenter ants. They can smell the spray from a great distance and just avoid the sprayed areas. Sprays may even cause the queen to split the nest into two separate colonies, effectively doubling your problems. Bait and powders are carried into the nest and fed to the colony, killing it from the inside out.

This is admittedly a slower process than spraying but it’s so much more effective. The ants will bring the bait inside the nest and even if it’s not all consumed before hibernation, it will be the first thing they eat once hibernation is broken in the spring. If used properly, this method can eradicate the whole nest and not just the foraging workers you see in the kitchen.

 

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