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Question DetailsAsked on 5/9/2014

best home remedy for carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants in kitchen.

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I doubt that you just have carpenter ants in the kitchen as they go after wood and those that you see are probably just the tip ot the iceberg. I could not recommend anything as a do it yourself fix and sleep at night. If you do not get rid of them completely you could be facing thousands of dollars in repairs. Ten or fifteen thousand and more is not uncommon. For the average cost for an initial treatment of about $150 to $200 you could avoid major damage.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


By the time you see carpenter ants in your house, they have usually established a nest/home in your wood and have outgrown that nest and are scouting for new places to build and relocate. Carpenter ant nests can be huge. I had aluminum siding removed from my home and in the back wall of the house there were millions(?) of ants. I had a front end loader pick up the debris and ants and move them far from my house and bury them. Within three years, they had relocated in a huge maple tree and killed the tree. Once they are in your home, you need professional help and make sure that they follow the ants or check nearby trees and other structures and wood piles, etc. These creatures are really destructive and I would not tackle them with household remedies or stuff you can buy in a hardware or other store. They were in trees near my house and they moved to a small back porch overhung roof. I saw them in my back closed in porch room and then my back kitchen.

It took a long time to finally get rid of them and I am still not positive all are gone. I am always watching for them!

Source: my own experience

Answered 6 years ago by angelwynd7


Hi, this is Meranda with Angie's List.

We have a couple recent articles published by our Newsroom that might be helpful in your situation:

4 tips to keep carpenter ants out of your home

A homeowner's guide to getting rid of ants

How to eliminate ants from the home

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Good luck!


Answered 6 years ago by Meranda


Carpenter ants do not eat the wood like termites do - they tunnel and nest in it, discarding the wood fibers in the walls or in piles below their entry holes. During different times of the year, they may eat protein (bugs and dead meat) and at other times sugars (from trees or in house) - and the colony switches back and forth sometimes every few weeks depending on the queen's instructions - so carpenter ant bait has to have both types of bait. The only one I have found that works consistently to kill a nest is MaxForce Carpenter Ant Bait.

Of course, first you need to find the entry points, then kill them yourself or preferably with professional treatment (as a given house may have several satellite colonies), then track along from the entry point by gtearing into walls or ceilings, tracing along their tunnels or trails in the wood to the nest area(s), replacing any significantly damaged wood. You need to keep bait out for some time after, because if any escape (and some will be out hunting and escape the bait treatment) they will set up a satellite colony.

Hateto say it, but if you have carpenter ants in the kitchen, you probably have a nest in the house, though it is not unheard of for them to come get food in a house but live in a woodpile or dead tree outside.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Here is another response on carpenter ants sometime ago that might be of interest to you too -

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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