What is the best way to deal with carpenter ants on your own? - Knowledgebase Question

North Arlinton, Ne
Question by KF2017770086
July 7, 2010
I noticed carpenter ants in my garage and a few moving in the direction of my home. They have not reached my home yet but they did 12 years ago at which time we payed an exterminator a lot of money only to have them now return. Is there a solution you could recommend to get rid of them rather than hiring an exterminator? Money is very tight right now.


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Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010

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I'm always a little hesitant when it comes to making recommedations for structural pest controls because I don't know the extent of the infestation and whether or not you will follow though with control recommendations. Sometimes you need to make several applications. With that said, I can direct you to a publication from Ohio State University that discusses the lifecycle of carpenter ants and the most effective controls: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fa...

In addition to reading this publication you might want to phone your local cooperative extension office for other advice. Carpenter ants are quite common and no doubt there are lots of ways you can go about controlling the pests. I know from personal experience that you can actually watch them march across the yard and into the siding of your house or outbuildings. Once you know where they are gaining access you can treat that particular spot (I used a home pest control product with pictures of carpenter ants all over the label.) The ants began pushing the dead bodies out of the hole and after several treatments no more bodies were being pushed out and the trail to the opening was gone as well. You just have to keep at it. Best wishes with your eradication project.

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