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Tips for Keeping Carpenter Ants Away

house-antsProtecting your home against pests should be a top priority. At Eliminate ‘Em we do our best to offer education on best practices for keeping pests out.

One such pest, the carpenter ant, leaves behind a trail of pheromones as they search for a suitable food source. Soon enough, a colony may form within the walls or door of your home. Because carpenter ants burrow and make tunnels through, their presence gradually results in structural damage over time. If you spot carpenter ants in your home, be sure to contact a professional for carpenter ant treatment.

Especially in spring, carpenter ants go through their growth period.

Carpenter Ant Treatment Tips

To help homeowners avoid the need for a carpenter ant exterminator take some proactive ant control steps. For example, to guard your home and minimize the need for carpenter ant extermination, be sure to do the following:

  1. Treat any existing ant problem. If your home already has ants, find the main colony, and then spray it and your house’s perimeter with an exterior insecticide. The less your home seems like a source of food, fewer ants are likely to arrive.
  2. Never store wood against the house – It creates a clear path for these pests to enter.
  3. Trim tree branches and hedges close to the house – These, too, turn into a bridge for pests to crawl.
  4. Roll up hoses – Believe it or not, a hose turns into a clear path for carpenter ants to get inside your foundation and pipes.
  5. Eliminate sources of moisture – Carpenter ants look for damp or wet wood to start a colony. As such, it’s strongly advised to address and fix all sources of rotten or weather-damaged wood. And don’t just look at the exterior, bathroom, and kitchen – be sure to check the attic, crawl spaces, and gutters, too.
  6. Make sure the water diverts correctly from the gutter – You could be creating a habitat for carpenter ants and not even realize it! Any water from a gutter or downspout should direct to the ground, instead of into the roof or siding.
  7. Keep soil away from wooden structures – Ants can crawl from the ground and into the wood. Instead, if you have a porch or deck, make sure it sits on cement.
  8. Caulk all potential access points – Notice small holes? Likely, carpenter ants and other pests can enter. Seal them before you have an infestation.
  9. Remove rotting tree stumps from your yard – While outside, old stumps attract carpenter ants, which may then migrate to your home’s interior.
  10. Keep all floors and surfaces clean
  11. Take trash out regularly – Your garbage might turn into a food source for ants.
  12. Never leave food lying around – This includes your own and any for your pets, as well.

If you’ve already spotted a carpenter ant in your home (learn about the signs here), a colony may already be present. Ant extermination, at this point, is recommended. To identify the root of the problem and work toward a carpenter ant removal solution, contact Eliminate ‘Em to schedule an appointment.