The best way to control carpenter ants is to find and destroy the nests. This is often easier said than done. Recent studies have shown that carpenter ants follow distinct scent trails between the satellite colonies and the parent nest. Carpenter ants also rely on scent trails to recruit their nestmates to food. With patience and a little effort, homeowners can use this trailing behavior displayed by carpenter ants to locate and eliminate the nests.
When carpenter ants are observed, don’t spray them. The best time to do this is late at night since this is when carpenter ants are most active. After the ants have fed on the honey, follow them on their journey back to their nest. Be patient eventually the ants will disappear behind a baseboard, cabinet, or into some other concealed location such as the hollow space (void) within a wall, door casing, or porch column.
Carpenter ants prefer to travel along wires, pipes and edges. If you suspect the nest location is in a wall, also treat behind pipe collars and behind not in the junction box for electrical switch plates/receptacles.
Carpenter ants seen in the home may actually be nesting outdoors, foraging indoors for food and/or moisture. Following the carpenter ants out of the house and into the yard, possibly to a nest located in a stump, or under a log or railroad tie. If outdoor nests are suspected, the homeowner should also inspect around the foundation of the building at night with a flashlight, especially around doors, weep holes and openings such as where utility pipes and wires enter the structure.
About Seattle Carpenter Ant Control
Seattle Carpenter ant Control provides ant elimination services to customers in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton, Kent, Bothel and Samammish. They are able to help identify and eliminate carpenter ant, pavement ant, odorous house ant, moisture ant and sugar ant infestations in all parts of a home or business.
For more information and to contact Seattle Carpenter Ant Control Service, call their office at (425) 440-0966. Visit: http://antscontrol.info/