To find a carpenter ant nest, begin by conducting a thorough inspection of the property, both indoors and outdoors. Look for signs of infestation, such as frass (sawdust-like material), damaged wood, and live ants, particularly the winged reproductive ants called swarmers. Pay close attention to areas with water damage or excessive moisture, as carpenter ants prefer nesting in moist wood. Observe ant trails between their nest and food sources, inspecting walls, baseboards, window frames, and door frames where ants have been seen.
In some cases, specialized equipment and techniques may be necessary to locate the nest. This can include using bait to follow ants back to their nest, employing moisture meters or infrared cameras to detect hidden moisture, or using acoustic detectors to identify the sounds produced by ants as they chew through the wood. Once the general location of the nest has been determined, visual confirmation might require removing sections of the wall or floor or using a boroscope to inspect hidden areas without causing significant damage to the structure.
At Birch Fumigators, we can implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate a carpenter ant infestation and prevent future occurrences. Here are some steps they may take to address the problem:
Vinegar is a natural ant repellent and can be used to get rid of ants outside. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the mixture around the perimeter of your home. The ants will not be able to cross the vinegar line and will be forced to find another way into your home.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best method of ant control will vary depending on the specific situation. However, in general, powders are more effective at killing ants than ant sprays. Birch Fumigators can help you determine the best method of ant control for your specific situation and get rid of your ant problem once and for all.
Borax is a white crystalline powder that is used as a household cleaner, ant killer, and laundry booster. It is also effective in treating fleas and lice on pets. When mixed with sugar, borax makes an effective bait for killing ants. However, we don’t recommend that you use poisons to kill ants without professional guidance. If you’re using borax as an ant bait, be sure to put it in a place where children and pets can’t reach it. You should also avoid inhaling the powder or getting it in your eyes.
Ants are known to dislike certain strong scents, including:
These scents can be used in various forms, such as essential oils, sprays, or powders, to create a barrier that ants will avoid. However, there is no guarantee that these methods alone will work to deter or prevent ants. It’s best to work with a professional pest control company to ensure that these pests don’t come back.
You can try storebought ant poisons, but a simple mixture of boric acid and sugar works well, too. Just mix 3 parts boric acid with 1 part sugar, and sprinkle it around the outside of your home. The ants will be attracted to the sugar, and they’ll take the boric acid back to their nest, which will kill them all. You can also try using diatomaceous earth, which is a natural substance made from the fossils of algae. Its sharp edges will kill the ants when they walk over it. Just sprinkle it around the outside of your home, and they’ll eventually all be gone.
At Birch Fumigators, we recommend that you don’t use any poisons without a professional opinion, as some outdoor ant killers can actually do more harm than good. If you have an infestation, the best thing to do is contact a local ant removal specialist like us for help. We’ll be able to quickly and effectively get rid of your ant problem without causing any collateral damage.
There are a variety of natural methods that can be used to kill ants. For example, you can use diatomaceous earth, peppermint, tea tree oil, or vinegar, to name a few.
Birch Fumigators is one of Edmonton’s oldest and most reliable pest control companies. Birch Fumigators has been in business for over 100 years and has the experience and expertise to get rid of any type of pests. Birch Fumigators will inspect your property, identify the type of ants you have, and provide a treatment plan to get rid of the ants for good.