Wood is a great material for construction and furniture, but it is vulnerable to insect attacks. Other than nasty wood-eating termites, carpenter ants are the next big problem when having a wood house.
Though carpenter ants don’t necessarily eat wood, they bore into wood and nest there, which could cause significant damage. If they settle in your home quite comfortably, they will start getting in your food and contaminating your water sources. Read on and find out how you can get rid of carpenter ants in your home.
Tracking the Nest
To stop the infestation, you must first find the nest and destroy it. This may sound scary but carpenter ants can harm your home and your family, especially your kids. Carpenter ants are large black or dark brown insects with three body segments and six legs. They look like the typical ant, but bigger, and tend to walk in long trails, so it’s easy to detect them.
To locate the nest, look for frass, which resemble a pile of light wood shavings with sawdust-like texture that ants leave behind when they drill into wood to build their nests. Frass is a telltale sign that the nest is nearby. Then inspect holes or slits on wood walls, doors, beams and cabinets and feel the area if it is moist. If it is, then your uninvited guests are nesting there. Or, if you see an ant trail, follow it until you find the nest. If you have indoor plants, they will most probably build the nest there since they feed on honeydew.
When exterminating ant population, make sure you use non-toxic remedies to avoid poisoning your family and contaminating food and water sources. Choose organic pesticides over chemical ones, and avoid spraying on trails as it does not really wipe out the colony. If you have indoor plants, get rid of aphids using natural remedies as well. Aphids feed on leaves and, in the process, release the honeydew in plants, which attracts carpenter ants.
Once you’re done removing the ant trails and nests you can find, clean up and sanitize every nook and cranny of your home and make it a bad breeding ground for carpenter ants. Fix leaky faucets that may dampen wood and remove food crumbs and clutter.
The climate and environment in Indiana provide ideal conditions for carpenter ants to thrive and wreak havoc on homes. Other than wood, carpenter ants can cause damage to other structures, as well as infiltrate your food and water sources. Any part of your home can be a potential home for carpenter ants, which is why a thorough inspection is encouraged. You trail for nests on your own, but ants tend to nest dark, moist and inaccessible parts of the home as well, making it more difficult for you to locate and reach.
To prevent carpenter ants from expanding their colony, it is best to allow professionals to do the job. Our pest control team has extensive knowledge of the behavior of carpenter ants. Contact us today and protect your home and family from carpenter ants.