Without the help of an experienced professional, gaining control of and removing carpenter ants from your home can be a significant challenge. However, there are a few things you can do on your own until you can get a technician into your home. Be aware that killing out these ants is tough even for professionals, so patience is a must. Below we’ll share some tips for dealing with the infestation until help arrives.
Identifying Carpenter Ant Nests
There are two forms of nests: satellite and parent. The latter is the nest where the queen ant lives. After this nest becomes too overfilled, satellite nests are built for the worker ants. These ants may be found indoors or outdoors and removing them is key to getting rid of your ant issue. One way to find them is by placing a few drops of jelly or honey on a piece of tape at night. In the morning, watch where the ants go after feeding.
Locations of Carpenter Ants
When indoors, the carpenter ant nests are typically in areas with wood that is moisture-damaged. This might be near the shower or sink, behind a dishwasher, or in the walls. Many of the ants reach the nests by using electrical outlets, door casings, baseboards, or wall cracks. If the ants have a nest outside, they can often be found in dead trees or tree stumps.
Destroying the Nests
It is best to leave the destruction of the nest by an expert in carpenter ant control. While you can attempt to handle it on your own, the likelihood of making a mistake or being unable to remove the nest is high. Many of the chemicals used to kill the ants are also dangerous to pets and children, so having a pest management technician handle the job is a safer option for the family.
Prevention and Control
There are many things you can do to prevent having more ants come. The top option is to fix all the leaks in your home, whether in the roof, plumbing, or drainage system. You should also clip your brush and tree limbs, so they do not make contact with your home.
Professionals in Pennsylvania
If you need the support of a pest management technician, you need to look no further than Viking Pest Control. We offer many services and would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.
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