How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are controlled through the application of insecticides and sprays in various forms. These forms include liquid concentrates, baits, dusts, and foams.
The first step to controlling Carpenter Ants is inspection, to determine if they are located outside and simply foraging inside, or if you have a colony or satellite colony inside your home.
2. Determine Control Measure
Once you complete your inspection and identify nest locations and foraging trails, the next step is to determine which control measure to use.
- Baiting - used on Carpenter Ant trails
- Spraying- Non-Repellent sprays used as permiter treatment, may be used with baits
- Treating Voids - Foams or Dusts used in voids or galleries where Carpenter Ants are nesting
The final step is to prevent further infestations by ant-proofing your home and yard, by clearing away rotting trees and lumber piles, fixing plumbing leaks, etc.
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Apply Carpenter Ant Baits after inspecting their trails.These ant baits are designed to attract Carpenter Ants. The foraging Carpenter Ants pick up the bait and share it with the entire colony, killing it.
Do not to put repellent insecticides, liquid or granulated, in the same area as baits. Repellent insecticides repel the insects away from the baits, rendering the baits useless. Use only non-repellent insecticides in the same area as baits.
It is important to remove other competing food sources (such as crumbs and pet food) that could interfere with the Ants taking the bait.
1. A good treatment choice is to bait both inside and the grounds outside with baits such as:
Both of these baits are designed to allow foraging workers to take the bait to the queen in the nest, eliminating the colony/colonies, thereby preventing future outdoor populations from coming inside.
Both of these baits work well on Carpenter Ants and resist the elements, making them hardy choices for outside baiting. Carpenter Ants feed on sweet foods during certain cycles, and at other times feed on protein foods. The Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel contains honeydew, one of the major sweet-based food sources for these Ants. The Advance 375 A Ant Bait is a protein-based food for the Ant's protein needs.
Use both baits for a complete balance of the Ant's dietary needs.
At times you will have foraging Ants that come inside, forage for food, and then return to their outdoor nests.
You can block these foraging Ants using a perimeter treatment with a non-repellent residual insecticides such as Taurus SC or FUSE. Taurus SC and FUSE also control a wide variety of insects including Termites, Spiders, Roaches, Centipedes, Millipedes, Ticks, and many more.
- Taurus SC (same as Termidor SC- Fipronil 9.7 )
- Mix Taurus at 0.4-0.8 oz per gallon of water and spray a low volume spray up to 18 inches out and 18 inches up the perimeter of your home as a banded spray. Spray around windows, doors, pipes, vents, foundation, foundation cracks, drilled holes or any exterior openings where the ants may enter the home. Treat where wires (cable, telephone, electrical) enter the house.
- May be sprayed 2-4 times a year depending on finished dilution rate
- Taurus SC 20 oz yields 25 gallons and the 78 oz yields 100 gallons at 0.06% rateApply Taurus SC two-four times a year according to label instructions (finished solution percentages may change on frequency of use-see table below).
- FUSE - ( Imidacloprid 21.4% and Fipronil 6.6%)
- Mix 0.3 to 0.6 oz per gallon of water. Spray as a low pressure spray along the foundation.
- FUSE may be applied twice or eight times a year, depending on the dosage strength and size of bands around the house.
- FUSE 7.5 oz yields 13-26 gallons, 27.5 yields 50-100 gallons
Permitted Taurus SC Frequency and Dilution Rate Application Scenarios %:
We carry a special kit with Taurus S, plus two Ant baits: Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel, a sweet-based bait, and Advance 375 A Ant Bait to provide for the Ant's protein-based dietary needs.
Carpenter Ant Kit made up of Taurus SC and Carpenter Ant baits at a reduced cost.
Indoor nests (voids) are found in hollow doors, window sills, behind baseboards, or other natural hollow areas. These are the areas that warrant a complete inspection. Indoor Carpenter Ant damage oftentimes indicates water damage and wood decay. Making necessary repairs will help prevent re-infestation.
If you suspect the nest is in a wall, drill and treat at least 2–6 feet on either side of where the Ants are entering in order to maximize the opportunity to contact the nest directly, so you can get the queen.
Note: Do not use liquid insecticide in a wall void. Treat wall voids and other hidden spaces where Ants hide by carefully drilling a series of small (1/8-inch) holes and dusting the area with a residual insecticide dust such as D Fense Dust. You can also use an aerosol with a crack and crevice tip such as Alpine Aerosol or an aerosol that foams such as Alpine Ant & Termite Foam. Both these methods provide a long-term residual effect.
WARNING: Never use liquid insecticides or metal tipped devices around any electrical outlets.
Once you locate the nest, treat the nest directly with an aerosol spray or foam, such as:
D Fense Dust
D Fense dust is to be used as a dust in void areas. Use a duster with it for the best application.
Alpine PT Aerosol (Non-Repellent)
Alpine PT Aerosol, fitted with a crack and crevice tip, works well in void areas where you don't know exactly where the nest is located.
Alpine Ant & Termite Foam
Use Alpine Ant and Termite Foam (non-repellent) when you know exactly where the nest is located.
Follow these steps to prevent Carpenter Ant infestations:
- Correct moisture problems, roof leaks, and plumbing leaks.
- Cut back tree limbs or branches that could serve as a bridge to your structure.
- Seal cracks and openings around the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wires enter from the outside.
- Stack firewood away from the house, elevated off the ground if possible. Carpenter Ants love to nest in firewood.
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