Having ants everywhere outdoors doesn't bother – it's when you see them trailing along kitchen countertops that you need to spring into action.
When you're dealing with ants in your house, detective work is an integral part of eradicating them, but there's actually much more to it. Finding the most effective treatment for ants depends on the specific type you have invading your house. Each species has different behaviors, preferences in food, and remedies that will be effective in keeping them out of your home.
Some ants are specific to region, so we only have experience dealing with certain types. In this article we'll cover remedies for odorous house ants andcarpenter ants.
Carpenter ants are commonly found around homes in wooded areas. They don't carry bait back to their nests, so you have to kill them at the source. This means you have to do a little detective work to find the nest(s). Don't bother using the borax/sugar bait – they'll just feed on it like little piggies at a trough.
They will typically live outdoors very close to the house, and eventually enter your house in search of food and water.
An important method for preventing carpenter ant problems indoors is to eliminate high moisture conditions that are attractive to them. Also, replace any moisture-damaged wood. Be careful to prevent moisture in wood or lumber that is stored in a garage or near the house and, if possible, elevate this wood to allow air circulation.
Natural carpenter ant remedy
The best natural remedy we have found for eradicating carpenter ants is Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE is completely natural and organic. It is made from tiny skeletal remains of algae-like plants.
DE is a lethal dust for insects. Its microscopic razor sharp edges will cut through the body of insects, drying them out and killing them. If ingested by carpenter ants, it will shred their insides. There are different types of DE, so keep in mind you must get food grade DE for pest control. Food grade DE is completely safe to be used around kids and pets and can be sprinkled around the home and yard without posing a threat.
In order to get rid of a colony of carpenter ants, DE must be injected directly into the nest. We used a medicine dropper to squirt dry DE into cracks where we found them nesting
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