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How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants
- Published: Apr 16/2019
- Last update: Apr 19/2023
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The Carpenter ant, or Camponotus spp if we have to call it by its scientific name, is a fairly big species of ants that are known to terrorise Australian homeowners. It’s considered more of a nuisance pest, as it’s not one that can cause serious damage to your home or harm your family. However, there probably isn’t a soul out there that is okay living with an ongoing ant infestation.
From properly identifying the carpenter ants to learning how to eradicate an ongoing infestation, the Fantastic Services pest controllers have got you covered.
Carpenter ants are a polymorphic species. Their size ranges from 3mm to 12mm, with most ants being on the bigger side. Their mandibles have around eight teeth, which helps them to bore through wood.
They are known to vary in colour, so you can encounter carpenter ants in the shade of dark-orange all the way to black. The black colour gets them oftentimes confused with other black house ants’ species.
Despite their name, carpenter ants don’t feed on wood. They just bore through damp wood or decaying timber in order to create their nest. These ant species would normally dispose of the wood outside of their nest.
So what do carpenter ants eat? In fact, these big black ants are attracted to sugary liquids such as honeydew. Because of their sweet cravings, carpenter ants are known to tend to aphids for their honeydew. This can turn an infestation into an even bigger problem if you’re an avid gardener, as the potential food source would attract the insects.
It’s actually not that surprising that carpenter ants can be found in abundance throughout all of Australia. They can easily adapt to living both indoors and outdoors and can really become a nuisance once they manage to get inside a home.
Food and suitable nesting location are the most likely reasons why you have these ants in or around your property.
Carpenter ants prefer to settle close to water and areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Since humidity could be responsible for a lot of issues indoors, including damage to wooden furniture and foundation, we advise you to inspect thoroughly all wooden structures present both in your home and in your backyard. This way you can catch even the early signs of a carpenter ant infestation.
There are a couple of different ways to make sure the big black ants roaming in your house are indeed carpenter ants. Below you will find some evidence to look out for and steps to identify a carpenter ant invasion.
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Eliminating the carpenter ants infesting your house is not a dangerous process, but it can be hard. While it’s best done by a professional, you can try to do it yourself.
You’ll have to do some detective work in order to locate the nest of the carpenter ants. Keep in mind that they prefer nesting in dry wood. Having carpenter ants in your home may indicate that you have rotting wood in the structure of your property, which is also a big problem on its own that needs addressing.
We would advise that even if you deal with the infestation, you should inspect your home for any rotting wood. Structural damage caused by moist or rotting wood can be a problem and a health hazard for you and your family.
This process is one that needs to be handled with the utmost care. Trusting a professional to do it for you will result in a better success rate. However, there’s no trouble in trying it out yourself. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions that come with the pesticides.
Most over-the-counter bug sprays will do little to no work, mostly resulting in you wasting your time and money.
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eliminate the colony.
Before we continue with the natural (or DIY) methods, know that killing carpenter ants using home remedies takes time and patience. Also, it’s not very effective if you have a huge ongoing infestation in your home.
Mix one part boric acid with ten parts of sugar water (carpenter ants love sugar water). Place multiple baits close to the ant trails or to the nest (if you’ve found it).
Boric acid will kill the carpenter ants but it will take time. Depending on the size of the infestation you may have to place baits four-five-six times before you start seeing any results.
Diatomaceous earth is probably the oldest trick in the book to battle not only carpenter ants but many other pests, as well. And, if you’re super patient it can work.
Keep in mind that if you go shopping for DE, you can also find it under ‘diatomite’. The soft sedimentary rock has a huge benefit – it’s safe for pets and children. Make sure you buy food-grade diatomaceous earth.
As the carpenter ants can’t digest the dust properly they dry from dehydration.
Still, if you’re pressured by time (for example you’re renting the property) we advise you to seek the help of a professional pest controller. They have access to far stronger pesticides that will do the job much faster than any store-bought pesticide or a DIY method.
As we all know, the best way to deal with an infestation, regardless of the type of pest, is to try and prevent it in the first place. That’s particularly true for carpenter ants, as these buggers can be quite stubborn.
With that in mind, here are some good practices you can follow to keep carpenter ants away from your property.
Even if having carpenter ants is not a serious health threat, the reason why they’ve chosen your home as a nest may be a sign of one. The presence of rotting wooden structures in your house can be a huge problem in the future, while a rotten tree in your backyard can be a hazard in a storm.
This is why it’s always best to act fast when you notice big black ants infesting your property and take the needed measures to get rid of the infestation.
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