Carpenter ants are destructive—and determined. Totally focused on their goal (borrowing in wood and getting food), they can be persistent in trying to get into your property. So you need to take action at the first sign of a carpenter ant invasion-and remain diligent about keeping your property protected.
A Three-Pronged Approach to Carpenter Ant Control
After surveying your property (inside and out) and identifying areas where ants may be nesting or entering your property, you then need a plan of attack.
Your best bet in carpenter ant control is to take a three-pronged approach:
Structure exterior: You want to create a barrier around the perimeter of your home to keep ants from entering. Sprays and granules are good options for this purpose. Pay particular attention to areas that show signs of insect damage, or that might be vulnerable to insect invasion.
Landscaping and surroundings: There are likely areas on your property away from your home where insects are nesting or travelling. This could include trees, bushes, garbage collection areas and driveways. Applying bait to these areas helps get rid of the ants before they can make it into your property.
Structure interior: If the ants have already gotten into your home, you can use a spray as a spot treatment for quick results. But you should also use a bait product to ensure you eradicate the pests in the long-term.
By taking this comprehensive approach, you will have an effective carpenter ant control strategy that will help keep your home free of these destructive pests.