How to get rid of carpenter ants

How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants

Do you need help finding how to get rid of carpenter ants? Carpenter ants may be may be small in size, but carpenter ant damage can be enormous. Carpenter ants are most active during summer and springtime. They love to nest in moist wood outdoors and inside your home, often they are attracted to rotting wood, under sinks, dishwashers, showers, and pretty much anywhere there is moisture. Carpenter ants also like to live within hollow spaces in doors, wooden curtain rods, and foam insulation. Humidity is vital to keep their eggs healthy, but it’s not impossible to find satellite nests that are not in moist areas where part of the colony can inhabit. Let’s read more about how to get rid of carpenter ants.

how to get rid of carpenter ants

Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but remove wood as they chew tunnels and caves for their nests. Their primary food source is sugar and protein. The ants feed on dead and living insects. The ants are attracted to honey dew, which is a sweet liquid produced by aphids and other insects. Indoors, they will feed on sweets and meats, such as honey, syrups, and food crumbs.

Carpenter ants will cause tree damage by the ants digging tunnels to build their nests. They do not kill trees, but their tunneling compromises wood that already is weak.

There is no one easy way how to get rid of carpenter ants. The only way to get rid of carpenter ants is to find and kill the queen ants. Outside can look for tree damage in rotting wood, or stumps Indoors, carpenter ant damage will be more difficult to locate.

At OKC Pest Control, we recommend that you lay out bait this will allow you to follow the ants back to their nest. They are most active between sun down and morning. It is a known fact that ants can not see the color red, agood way to track them is to cover a bright light with a red film and follow them at night.

Finding a professional exterminator in OKC is probably the best way how to get rid of carpenter ants because we have baits that are not readily available to the public. But, if you would like to try to  tackle this pest problem by yourself, please understand that there isn’t an easy way to get rid of these ants. If you find an exposed nest, spray a quality ant killer directly into the nest to kill the colony. If you are unable to find the nest, make a bait with a combination of ten percent sugar water and one percent boric acid. The worker ants will likely consume the bait and and bring some back for the rest of the colony. This is known to be a very slow process and will take a few weeks at least. Do not use insecticide directly on the bait because it will likely kill the worker ants before they are able to return and share the food with the colony.

If you locate a nest behind a wall, boric Acid can be injected through an electrical outlet into the empty wall space. Ants are known to travel along electrical wires and will be exposed to the poison.