How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are relatively large ants that bore into soft, damp wood and build colonies inside those hollow spaces. They aggressively destroy wood and can easily be considered as dangerous a pest to your home as termites.
Unlike termites, however, carpenter ants are not wood eaters. These pests chew through wood, leaving behind insect frass similar to the look of sawdust.
Rob from A Concord Carpenter, has a great video on finding the ants access point and I wanted to include it here:
Do it yourself Pest Control: Carpenter Ant Bait
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How Carpenter Ants damage
Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood, they ingest the wood and can cause serious structural damage to your homes foundation and decks if left unchecked.
In many parts of the country, these ants are responsible for more property damage than any other pest, including termites.
Carpenter ants are social insects living in large colonies consisting of polymorphic subsets. Meaning that they can appear in a variety of sizes based on their particular duty in the colony. They use the comparatively large mandibles to hollow out galleries in wood for nesting purposes which can weaken the structure of your home. Carpenter ants typically nest in any hollow area or space that is near water and/or food sources. They move in a trail carrying the food back to their nest which can conveniently lead you to the colony hub in the process. Carpenter ants can be found in any wooden structures that have been moistened or softened by water damage. These ants also like to nest in foam insulation.
Keep it clean
Carpenter ants commonly forage for food scraps wherever they can be found in the home. Unlike, bedbugs for example, who feed only on blood meals from warm bodies animals, ants thrive in a messy home. If you leave crumbs on the floor, or food on the counter or in the kitchen sink, you are just asking for trouble. Once in your house, it may be tough to get them out without professional help.
Check out this video on how to locate the carpenter ants nest simply by following the trail to the source
What you can do to keep ants out.
As is common with nearly all household pests; piles of leaves and debris near the home, stacks of wet or rotting wood and thick vegetation in direct contact with the structure will always attract unwanted pests. It is a good idea to clear away anything in contact with the foundation so that you can inspect it clearly and look for trouble spots. Refresh the caulking along window and door seams and seal up cracks in the bricks or concrete. Also, make sure that downspouts from gutters are pouring away from your house and have no cracks and leaks that can dampen your foundations.
Remember, bugs are going to get into your home. It is your job to make the home as unappealing as possible for any unwanted visitors so that they will choose an easier target to access and perhaps decide not to stay. If your ant problem in not severe, it can usually be handled with some judicious upkeep and some spraying using storebought products from the hardware store.
However, it is always a good idea to have pesticides of any kind be applied by a professional. Randomly spraying about your house can be a health risk to family and pets. We always recommend that you call a qualified and licensed professional who will apply the appropriate product to the appropriate area. Especially when dealing with Carpenter Ants that should be considered a legitimate threat to the condition of your home and should be treated as such.