Carpenter Ants

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Found one in our home today, the first I have noticed. There is a line of rotting logs separating our property from the home to the west so I assume the nest is there. Anyone had luck clearing these with DIY stuff or should I get a pest management service in?
 

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Write them a check, that is a sure fire way to have carpenters live your house before they do anymore.
 
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Terro works great....but I suggest the "nuclear option"....concentrated borax. If you look at Terro's active ingredient list, it's 5.4% borax and 95.6% active ingredient. Go buy a box of borax make a more concentrated batch. I guarantee you won't have ants again this year.

For the dry batch, I put some bait along the floor/wall edge and used my finger to spread a trace amount of bait along the perimeter of your wall. This will prevent ants from coming in and out. For the wet batch, go outside and carpet bomb their colony...problem solved!

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/get-rid-of-ants-with-borax/
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-carpenter-ants-wings-borax-73366.html
 

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I had them in 2 spots in house, used Amdro and it eliminated both colonies. Comes in bait stations and granular.
 

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Terro works great....but I suggest the "nuclear option"....concentrated borax. If you look at Terro's active ingredient list, it's 5.4% borax and 95.6% active ingredient. Go buy a box of borax make a more concentrated batch. I guarantee you won't have ants again this year.

For the dry batch, I put some bait along the floor/wall edge and used my finger to spread a trace amount of bait along the perimeter of your wall. This will prevent ants from coming in and out. For the wet batch, go outside and carpet bomb their colony...problem solved!

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/get-rid-of-ants-with-borax/
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-carpenter-ants-wings-borax-73366.html
I second this. A mixture of warm water, sugar, a little maple syrup and borax. I used old plastic pill bottles and scoop a little into each and set them inside and outside every spring. Rids the house of them pretty quickly.
 
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I second this. A mixture of warm water, sugar, a little maple syrup and borax. I used old plastic pill bottles and scoop a little into each and set them inside and outside every spring. Rids the house of them pretty quickly.
If you time it right, at the right spot in the year, Spring, when they first emerge or are building a new colony, sugar solutions will work for carpenter ants. Usually though, Capenter ants are not attracted to sweets. There are specific carpenter ant baits that work really well. Advance Carpenter Ant Bait is the one I use.

Almost ebery thing you will buy at the store will say it wont work for carpenter ants. Also, if you can see their holes, get a puffer and Delta Dust and puff inside their nest for a quick knockdown. I only reccomend that if they are actually in your house though. If they are outside and you poison the nest, It is likely they will move and your house could become their new home.

They are attracted to wet and rotting wood. So best protection is to make sure you don't have any roof or other leaks in your house. That is the main reason I don't use wood mulch next to my house. The smell of mulch will attract them and eventually, they will find a way in.

I live next to a wooded nature preserve, so it has been a 22 year battle for me.
 

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We just sold our house and the termite inspection found carpenter ants in the shed which was already on it's last legs. I'm still bitter about that $160 bill. That's my somewhat related carpenter ant story.
 

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I live next to a wooded nature preserve, so it has been a 22 year battle for me.
True. I live in a very wooded area with trees hanging over the top of my house, so it's a battle for me as well. I line the house with DE a few times a year as well, which seems to do a good job plus it's not toxic.

 

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I had a carpenter ant issue in my home for the first time last spring tried a few things before I found the terro carpenter ant bait. Once I sprinkled that around I stopped seeing them in a few days. It worked crazy fast. Saw a few this spring so I sprinkled more around.
My next step is to get rid of the ugly ass tree in my backyard. Anyone want to cut it down?
 

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