"How to get rid of carpenter ants" is a concern many homeowners face between the months of March and Septemer. If your home is near or adjacent to a wooded area, and especially if there is a lot of moisture in the vacinity, you may be targeted by a local colony of carpenter ants. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they can cause extensive damage by burrowing into wood to create the smooth galleries in which they live and breed.
While there are many similarities between carpenter ants and termites, the key differences are that carpenter ants have bent "elbowed" antennae and their bodies are divided into three sections with a narrow waist.
Carpenter ants come in different sizes and colors. In addition, the reproductive form has wings:
In nature, carpenter ants nest in moist dead logs, stumps and hollow trees where they aid in decomposition. They're basically attracted to moist wood to build their home, and food such as sweets, meat and fat. They love the following:
Your first line of defense is prevention:
Master colony and satellites: There is usually a master colony in the vicinity of your home. This colony is likely to create a satellite colony inside your home. Tracking down and eliminating the master colony can be a challenge. As long as that colony exists, the carpenter ants may keep reappearing in your home no matter what measures you take to exterminate them.
Baits and Gels: There are a number of over-the-counter carpenter ant baits and gels which mainly interfere with the nervous system and reproductive process of carpenter ants. The carpenter ants take the bait back to their nest, which then affects the entire colony. In addition, mixtures of boric acid and sugar have shown some success.
How to get rid of carpenter ants successfully is not just a matter of the effectiveness of the particular substance used. A good part of success involves understanding the ant's habits and having the skill to locate and exterminate every colony in the vacinity of your home.
Do you think you have a carpenter ant problem? Don't wait until they create further damage to your home.