Having a carpenter ant problem can be a harrowing ordeal. Although they’re typically not as destructive as a termite colony might be, they can definitely cause considerable damage if left unchecked.
Carpenter ants are a somewhat insulting breed. After all, at least termites eat your wood in order to survive. But these ants only wish to burrow through the wood, discarding its remnants along the way. They’re simply throwing away your house one mouthful at a time! This may not seem like alot, but after you see how fast an ant infestation can spread, you will realize how big of a deal this can be.
Let’s take a look at a few different ways to prevent a carpenter ant problem.
Clean up your house
Maintaining a clean home is your first line of defense against carpenter ants (and other ants, in general). Ants are attracted to any food that you’ve left lying around the house, whether it’s a piece of fruit on the kitchen counter or a fast food wrapper on the floor of your bedroom. Discard garbage right away, and if it has a strong odor, be sure to take the trash outside. Also take special care in cleaning your floors, and fix any leaky faucets to prevent rotting wood from attracting the ants.
Seal up your house good and tight
All ants, including the carpenter variety, are likely to enter your home through cracks and gaps in your foundation, door frames, window frames, etc. To prevent a carpenter ant problem you need to seal those holes. To do this, follow a very simply guideline. If the cracks and gaps are small, use caulk to fill them in. If they’re medium-sized, an expandable spray foam will do the trick. And for larger issues, you’ll want to go with weather stripping.
Use carpenter ant bait
Bait can be one of the most effective ways to prevent a carpenter ant problem. If you realize that you already have ants, they can work wonders in getting rid of them. But you can also use them as a preventative measure. If your area is susceptible to the little buggers, strategically set up some bait traps around your home. Any ants that come across them will take the bait back to the colony and the poison will slowly eliminate them.
Take the fight to the colony
If you’re looking for a way to be a bit more active in the prevention of a carpenter ant problem, seek out and find their colony. There’s a good chance that the ants haven’t strayed too far from home. This is especially easy if you already have a line of ants in your home. In that case, all you need to do is follow the line to the colony. Once you find it, use a product designed to seal the hole and kill the ants inside.