There are a number of different ant species that might be found in the home, but one of the most common and alarming for homeowners is the carpenter ant.
Carpenter ants are large, usually between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in length. They are most common black in color. When you find them in your home, they may have wings. If you see winged carpenter ants in your home, it's a good sign that there is a nest nearby.
Are Carpenter Ants Harmful?
Carpenter ants can be a general nuisance, but their harmful effects go deeper than simply roaming around your kitchen or bathroom. These ants get their name for their tendency to nest in wood. Like termites, carpenter ants can shred through the wood in your home and lead to serious damage if left untreated.
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants
In order to rid your home of carpenter ants, you'll need to locate and destroy their nests. Only when the nest is destroyed and the queen ant is killed will the colony all die off. However, finding the nest can be a challenge as carpenter ant colonies often maintain multiple "satellite" nests in addition to their main nest. This means that even eliminating one nest might not deal with your problem.
It's tempting to kill ants on sight, but if you do, you will miss the opportunity to rid yourself of them permanently. Instead, bait them with honey or sugar syrup and watch their trails. They will lead you back to their nest, which will most likely be behind a baseboard or inside a cabinet.
Once you've found the affected area of wall or cabinet space, you can treat the area with boric acid powder poured in through small holes drilled in the wall. The boric acid will disperse and kill the ants on contact.
Finding carpenter ant nests and dealing with them effectively can be a tough job to handle on your own. If you suspect your home may have an ant problem, contact Kline Pest Control today to learn more about our professional pest control services!