Where do You Find Them in Your Home?
Infestations usually occur in areas of the home prone to moisture: window frames, roof eaves, and decks or porches. Also, areas that are suffering from a water leak such as a plumbing problem might experience an infestation. These pests usually find entrance into your home through cracks near the foundation. Also, they have been known to crawl along electrical lines and pipes entering into the home. Finally, other points of entrance are leaks in the roof.
How Can You Prevent Infestation?
The best way to prevent infestation is to limit your house’s appeal to these ants. The moisture level of the house will need to be decreased. Furthermore, decayed wood will need to be replaced. In addition, points of entrance will need to be eliminated.
Roof leaks along with plumbing leaks need to be addressed. Cracks and openings near the foundation will need to be sealed. along with entry points for pipes and electrical wires. Better insulation may need to be added.
Along with these improvements, you will want to remove wood away from the house. You will need to prune trees away from power lines or from around the exterior of your home. You will also want to stack firewood away from the house and off of the ground.
What Can You Do If You Have an Infestation?
Fortunately, for you, there are treatment options for a carpenter ants infestation that are environmentally friendly. For example, cleaning an infested area with ammonia may help. The ants are deterred by the smell, which seems to be offensive to them. The same can be said for bleach. Another method of treatment is sprinkling cornmeal in the infected area. Even though the ants are attracted to the cornmeal, their bodies can’t digest it. Ingesting cornmeal will eventually cause the ants to die. A third treatment method is neem oil, which is a non-toxic vegetable oil that is effective against carpenter ants if sprayed on trails and nests. Finally, you could sprinkle diatomaceous earth on nests to treat the infestation. All of these ways provides a non-toxic, environmentally friendly treatment option that will rid you of your carpenter ant problem.