Carpenter ants are wood-destroying insects, but unlike termites, they do not consume wood. Instead, they excavate it to create nests and tunnels. Here’s how you can identify the presence of carpenter ants in your walls:
If you suspect carpenter ants are in your walls, it’s essential to act swiftly. Over time, their tunneling can cause structural damage. It’s often advisable to consult with a pest control professional who can assess the extent of the infestation and recommend the best treatment options.
Ants, especially species like carpenter ants, choose to live in walls for a variety of reasons:
In essence, walls provide ants with a combination of safety, environmental stability, and resources, making them an attractive choice for nesting.
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.
The efficiency of ant control methods can vary based on specific circumstances, posing a challenge to offer a universal solution. However, it’s important to note that ant powder generally outperforms ant sprays in eliminating ants. Ant powder works by employing its active components to specifically target and eliminate ant colonies. Conversely, while ant sprays are commonly used, their effectiveness may not match that of ant powder. For personalized guidance on the ideal ant control method suited to your situation and effectively resolving your ant issue, consulting Birch Fumigators is recommended. Their expertise can assist in determining whether ant powder or ant spray better suits your specific needs for efficient ant elimination.
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.
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.
Professional exterminators typically use a combination of methods to control ant infestations, including:
The specific method used will depend on the type of ant, the location of the infestation, and the severity of the problem. Professional exterminators have access to a wide range of products and will choose the most appropriate and effective treatment for your specific ant problem.