For safety, always make sure that you read the entire label on the pesticide container and follow strictly in accordance with it. Make sure the ants or pests you are controlling are on the label. Make sure you wear any safety equipment that is suggested. Importantly, keep the pesticides out of the reach of kids and domestic pets. When embarking on Carpenter ant control with insecticide always wear protective eyeglasses and rubber gloves when mixing concentrates into the diluted form. Wear a respirator when mixing wettable powders, spraying overhead, using specks of dust or fogging.
If insecticide comes in contact with your skin wash it with soap and cold water. Do away with any contaminated clothing and wash it alone. If material comes in contact with eyes, flush with much quantity of water for at least 15 minutes and look for the help of a doctor.
Don’t forget that trade and brand names are used only for information or reference. Other products may be appropriate and perform effectively as well.
When embarking on Carpenter ant control, stainless steel sprayers and dusters can be bought from some pest control shops that sell over-the-counter insecticides and equipment to the public. The price of this equipment may be much but the gear will provide you many years of service. For the sake of spending, some expert tools can be replaced for items you may already have. These include:
- Safety Glasses
- Chemical Absorbing Respirator, at least a Dust Mask
- Rubber Gloves
- Funnel and Measuring Cup
- Duster – A plastic squeezable mustard or catsup bottle with a nipple
Note – Always put on safety glasses and rubber gloves when using concentrates for Carpenter ant control. Never breathe in splash-back of specks of dust or sprays. Never sacrifice safety for cost.
Carpenter ants are not factual eaters of wood as you might think, but they hollow out wood to nest in. Carpenter ants are a social pest with complete metamorphosis which comprises the egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The wingless ants noticed crawling around your home are the workers (sterile females) and perform all the work of the colony. They range in size form of ¼ inch to 5/8 inch and may be totally black or black and red in color. The reproductive bear wings and swarm to mate in the early summer or spring. The workers dig tunnels called galleries along the grain of the wood. The rough sawdust is dropped out of the nest leaving the galleries smooth and clean. Knowing much about this insect will actually help you in Carpenter ant control.
The key to removing carpenter ants is discovering the nest. This is not usually easy and you may never clearly see it. But don’t despair, the problem can still be eradicated or controlled. Carpenter ants can nest in virtually any space or emptiness that a structure has, but the most common areas are moisture areas.
The first sign that you have carpenter ants in your house is usually the foraging of sawdust, workers, or a crunching sound in the beam or wall. The workers usually appear on the counter, kitchen, in the sink, bathrooms, dishwasher, or anywhere there is moisture. It could be moisture around entry areas, leaks, condensation from pipes, areas that do not get much sun and can be enticed by kitchen spills.
Let’s start Carpenter ant control in the kitchen
If the kitchen sink and counter are against the external wall, pull out all the top drawers and put them out of the way. Put on neoprene gloves and drill quarter-inch holes every 13 inches into the wall. If you have a sheetrock wall it should go through easily. Never force the drill; you may be on electrical wire or a pipe. Go over 3 inches and try again. Stick the nipple of your rag into these holes so you have a cozy fit and puff dust four to five times into each hole. The snug fit ensures the filth does not come back at you. Have your respirator on as protection. Keep the holes up high and out of sight.
To be sincere, doing Carpenter ant control is not that easy. You may require the help of professionals.