Stop Being So Pesty!

Do you wish insects would just leave your home alone? You never want to see ants crawling across the floor again. Those cockroaches that keep appearing in the basement had better find a new place to live. Insects are gross and annoying, but thankfully, they are not that hard to get rid of if you rely on a professional pest control service. They can use the right combination of baits, traps, and sprays to get rid of the pesky insects. They'll leave your home alone just like you've always wanted. Read more in the articles to follow; we go into more detail.

4 Ways To Stop Carpenter Ants


Carpenter ants aren't a typical pest. They cause severe damage to your home by chewing wood to make their nests. Thankfully, there are a few ways to stop them. Learning how to restrict their food supply and nest will make your home uninviting to these destructive pests. 

Remove Food

To discourage these ants from making your home their home, you need to know what they want to eat. Contrary to what many think, carpenter ants don't eat wood. They eat sources of sugar and protein.

For their protein needs, they usually dine on insects outside of your home. Inside your home, they find protein in pet food and meat. To prevent them from getting their protein quota, try to take out trash as quickly as possible. You may also consider feeding your pets on a timed schedule instead of free feeding. 

These ants fulfill their sugar needs outside of your home by consuming honeydew produced by aphids. Inside the house, they feed on jellies, sugar, and other sugary liquids. To prevent them from consuming sugar, wipe up any spills that may occur inside of your home. 

Double Up On Baits

Once you remove their food source, you should replace it with bait. Different baits on the market will typically serve one of the carpenter ants' food needs. So you'll want to get a protein-based bait and one that's sugar-based. Protein-based baits generally are going to be more paste-like, and sugar-based baits will be more fluid. Place their bait as close to their nest as possible so the ants can feed it to their queen. 

Make Their Home Uninhabitable

It's challenging to track carpenter ants because they're typically inside their nest outside of feeding. Outside, carpenter ants make their homes in fallen trees and other sources of wood. Primarily, they're attracted to wood with water damage or moisture issues. 

In your home, water-damaged wood is likely to happen around windows, water leaks, and foundations. Your first step to making the ants' home uninhabitable is to take care of any moisture issues. 

If you don't know where their nest is, try to follow any ant trails or tunnels you see. The ants should lead you back to their nest. If you suspect carpenter ants are infesting a particular piece of wood, tap on it. If they've hollowed out the wood, you'll hear a dull sound.

Once you've found their home, you'll want to spray it with a pesticide. 

Reach Out To Pest Control

Carpenter ants can hide in places that are difficult for most people to reach. If you're struggling to get rid of your carpenter ant problem, reach out to a pest control company. Your pest control technician will track down the ants and work with you to address the issue. 


20 November 2020