how to get rid of carpenter ants

Carpenter ants rarely attack humans or pets unless disturbed but still remain some of the most destructive pests that can infest a house. They have strong mandibles which they use to excavate and burrow through wood. Weakened structural integrity of wooden support beams is always a major concern in case of a carpenter ant infestation.

Carpenter ants work out of sight, deep inside wooden beams and structures so it is difficult to appreciate the damage that they cause until it is too late. Hire an exterminator to get rid of carpenter ants as soon as you notice the infestation. These ants are extremely difficult to get rid of on your own and unsuccessful DIY extermination can actually make the infestation worse.

Fortunately, it is possible to limit or even entirely prevent carpenter ants from infesting your home by:

  • Eliminating sources of water such as leaking pipes and standing water
  • Pruning branches close to the house
  • Sealing cracks, cervices and gaps especially around the bottom of the house where carpenter ants can get in.

Check our carpenter ant infographic for more information on how to get rid of carpenter ants, why they are dangerous and additional useful anecdotes to help you make the right decision in the event of a carpenter ant infestation.

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