How To Prevent Carpenter Ant Infestations
August 14, 2014
Chances are, if you're reading this article, you're not too fond of carpenter ants at the moment. Sure, they can lift fifty times their body weight and climb walls like spiderman. That's pretty cool. But that doesn't mean you want them building a super highway from under your kitchen sink to the cat's dish. Carpenter ants need to stay where they belong, out in nature-- or suffer the consequences.
Carpenter ant infestations are common in houses that have wet or rotted wood near or in it. Those little buggers come in where wire conduit enters the home, under gaps in siding, through rotted holes, and anywhere there is a gap. They need soft wood to chew and borrow through. They don't eat it, they just like to nest in it.
The first line of prevention is to find where they're entering and use caulking to seal those gaps. Sometimes these entry points are hard to find because they are under a deck or porch, or maybe the ants are crawling down from a tree branch hanging over the house.
To prevent carpenter ants in the future, avoid things like stacking your wood next to the house. You can also remove rotting trees or stumps from your yard and patch up loose or rotted areas around the foundation of your home. Carpenter ants also need a water source. Don't give them one. If you have areas around your home where still water collects, consider filling those areas.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, ants still find their way inside. While many people attempt to use DIY pest control products to eliminate ants, the truth is, these products are not usually that effective and in some cases dangerous if they’re not used correctly. The trouble with store bought sprays to kill ants is that they don’t actually get to the colony which is the root of the ant infestation. Your best bet is to have a pest control professional eliminate the entire ant colony.