They are named as carpenter ants’ because they usually damage the wood and other furniture. Unlike termites, they usually don’t consume wood, but only chew the wood and excrete it to create pathways for themselves that come in thousands.
In case, you ever notice within random piles any wood shavings, then it’s a sign that there are fourmis charpentières (English meaning is carpenter ants) at home. These carpenter ants are of the size of ½ inch to 5/8 inch”. Usually, they are of red-black or all-red, all-brown, or all-black in color.
How to eradicate carpenter ant?
Getting rid of such carpenter ants is not as simple as killing an ant that you find at home. Similar to other ants, they too create their colony. Initially, they will start with a few scout ants that will forage your home and find for them the best place to eat or just hang out.
Thereafter, their buddies known as “workers” will follow the trail as soon as they have identified a good source of food. As soon as you notice just a few of them you must act fast because within a very short time they will infest the whole house.
Prevention is always considered as the best way and therefore follows these guidelines for keeping carpenter ants totally out of the home.
- Try to maintain cleanliness at home especially in your kitchen, countertops, flooring, and windowsills. Ants will not enter your home unless they can find a food source.
- Always seal all your foods within tightly closed containers. Your entire food storage areas must be free of residues and crumbs.
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes or food remains in the sink.
- Regularly keep all your trash cans sealed and clean.
- You must immediately clean any spilled food.
- Try to seal any cracks, holes, and crevices to prevent every potential ant entrances.
- Try to remove all sources of moisture like
- Leaky plumbing
- AC units
- Crawl spaces
- Clogged drainage areas
- Try to remove all possible nesting spaces like:
- Wooden yard equipment
- Dead/dying trees
- Tree stumps,
- Unused dog houses
- Unused furniture
- Moist, wooden items.
- Try to keep tree branches and limbs away from your home walls. Carpenter ants can use these as a bridge to make entry into your home.
- Never store any lumber/firewood inside or outside your home.