There are nearly 12,000 species of ants that are known. Some are very harmful whereas others are not. They will appear in warmer seasons in the indoor and outdoor of your home. Carpenter ants are also one of the ants and possess a destructive nature. They can damage your furniture and home.
They are not able to consume food like the termites, but they will chew and defecate the food so that they can easily make a way for themselves and their friends and family. If you are finding piles of some particles that look like wood shavings, then there are carpenter ants around you so you should go for General Pest Control.
Getting Rid of Carpenter Ants
There are various important things to know about carpenter ants including the methods of getting rid of them with pest control :
1. How to identify carpenter ants?
The length of carpenter ants is about six to twelve millimetres. Another important feature that differentiates it from other ants is its waist. Carpenter ants have only one waist. Their thoraxes are also round in shape. They are red or black. They ate not able to fly but to build new colonies some mature flying ants can fly. The big difference between ants and termites is that their wings are different from termites. Their wings are yellowish while termites have white wings.
2. Do they bite?
Yes but this can only happen under some specific situations. They will not dangerously bite you and will not transmit any disease too. It will feel just like a pinch to you when they will bite you, but you will feel itchiness and swelling after the bite. They bite humans in self-defence. If you will try to attack them then also they may bite you. if you are getting close to their nests, then also they may chew you.
3. Signs of carpenter ant
Large black or red ants come out from the walls, ceilings, and cracks. There are some specific signs of carpenter ant presence on your homes such as if you find wood shavings under the baseboards and window sills, the rustling noises inside your woodwork or walls.
Best remedies to eliminate carpenter ants
- Set some lure
Mix sugar(jam, jelly, etc.) with baking soda, and keep this in a deep container. Carpenter ants will feel attracted to the sugar, but they will be naturally killed by baking soda.
- Destroy the scent
Carpenter ants follow a phenomenon to find food. They leave trails on the surfaces so that other ants can easily approach the food, you should clean the surface with orange, cedarwood, lemon, etc. you can also mix dish soap and water. Spray it on the surface. Combining water and vinegar can also kill ants.
- Damaging the nest
After finding the nest you must destroy it. You can drill 1/8” holes every six inches in the area where you have to find the nest. Fill the holes with boric acid. It will naturally kill the ants. You can also repeat the process if required.
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