Ant control is one of the most difficult, albeit essential tasks when dealing with carpenter ants. It’s a known fact that these ants are very industrious and if given the opportunity, will seek out and destroy all structures they can find, including homes. If you have found yourself with a carpenter ant problem, or an ant problem in your home, there are a few things you can do at home to help contain the population and prevent any further damage. In the meantime, while waiting for a professional’s help, here are a few tips that can help control the ants’ population in your home and yard.
One of the best tips for dealing with an ant problem is to stop them from coming to the colony in the first place. When looking for an ant control remedy, if possible, keep cars, sidewalks, roads, and other areas clean and free of debris and food foraging ants. If you live outside, keep your garden mowed and clear of any food and water sources. This also includes your vehicle, as ants seek out food in the car, not the house. Do your best to keep pets and children away from your home in case of an infestations.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the ants in your yard, you can be sure that the ants won’t be coming back, unless you continue to let them into your house and spread their colonies to other places. Some ants, especially those who are searching for food, will move from one location to another in search of what they’ve been hoping to get for awhile. For carpenter ants, it’s a good idea to apply an organic solvent like rubbing alcohol to the affected areas on the ground and surrounding areas to wash out any ants or egg shells. Be sure to wear latex gloves when doing this so as not to get stung by the ant trails.