Spring is in full swing here in Upstate New York and with the warmer weather, comes a host of unwanted pests, rodents and bugs. As the population of pests and the frequency of infestation rises in this lovely weather, it is extremely important to be proactive to ensure you do not have an outbreak of carpenter ants in your very own household.
Why are Carpenter Ants Bad for Your House?
Carpenter ants are notorious for destroying wood. While they don’t particularly consume the wood, they punch holes in it and use it as a nesting place. This can seriously damage any piece of wooden furniture that you own in the house.
Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestation
Some telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation include:
1. Nests in old, damaged wood. These ants prefer old, moist wood over dry furniture. So if you’re locating the shelter of these ants, it’s a good idea to check for them in old pieces of furniture.
2. Random wood shavings in the house with a sawdust like appearance.
3. Rustling sound in the walls.
4. A carpenter ant sighting near or around the kitchen especially when it’s dark.
Easy Ways to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants from Your House
While the best strategy to eliminate an infestation completely is to call for a professional pest control service, there are a few household tips and tricks to get rid of these insects.
Purchase a carpenter ant bait from your local hardware store. These gels are made for luring the entire colony and poisoning them all at once. However, caution has to be exercised with these poisonous gels and children should be kept far away.
Alternatively, you can use a mild insecticide to get rid of carpenter ants. However, to keep the environment and yourself safe it is recommended to use natural treatment remedies instead.
Natural methods to rid the house of carpenter ants include luring the ants away by boric acid and sugar water, using diatomite or spraying boric acid on ant colonies.
If the problem persists, it is extremely important to hire a professional Albany pest control company who uses safe, organic products to ensure your home is chemical-free and safe for you and your family.
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Great, short, DIY video to rid your home of carpenter ants.