How to exterminate carpenter ants that invade your home
Did you know that a colony of carpenter ants can contain 10 to 20,000 workers? Amazing, isn’t it?
In Quebec, carpenter ants are among the most common pest species. They quickly take over when they invade a building. Often, a household can face an alarming infestation problem in a very short period of time. Fortunately, there are proven methods to overcome this. Want to find out how to prevent them from conquering your house? Here’s how to exterminate carpenter ants.
Recognize the signs of a carpenter ant infestation
Carpenter ants get their name from their nest. These insects dig into wood and form seamless tunnels inside it. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only dig and chomp it to create their nests.
Apart from seeing the insects themselves, the only sign of a carpenter ant infestation is the appearance of small openings on the surface of wood. Ants expel debris, which consists mainly of wood chips, through these openings. The accumulation of this debris under holes is a good indication of an active infestation.
Methods to prevent the appearance of these insects in your home
Carpenter ants prefer to attack soggy wood and are often found in areas with moisture problems. You should therefore watch out for excess moisture and decaying softwood in your home. In addition, be sure to seal small openings at the bottom of doors and around windows with caulking.
If you suspect a carpenter ant infestation in your home, a professional exterminator may be a good idea. But, if you want to deal with the problem on your own and you can spot the insect’s nest, place ant baits near it. Do not use borax, since it is too dangerous for children and pets. At the same time, replace rotten or infested wood with wood in good condition and correct any moisture and ventilation problems in your home. Without this, all your efforts will be in vain and they will come back at full speed.
Hire a carpenter ant exterminator
Getting rid of a carpenter ant infestation by yourself is no easy task, since the resources available to homeowners are limited. Without a doubt, the best way to exterminate these critters is to call a pest management service. These professionals have the knowledge and equipment to solve the problem once and for all.