Hello all, and happy holidays.
Got a question, since the weather in southern Ohio has warmed back up above
freezing, I've got these HUGE ants that are coming into the house. They all
seam to die as soon as they get about 6" or 8" from the walls. But the
problem is of course I don't want them coming in at all. I believe that I
know where the colony may be, there is some loose dirt near a couple of
bushes near the house, most of the ants that come in are near there. How can
I kill the entire colony with out calling an exterminator? I have no small
children or animals so that's not a concern. I just need to know what will
kill the entire colony, my fear is that this spring they'll be everywhere.
If they are Carpenter ants (it's important to identify them),
then eliminate the leak that is attracting them. They are drawn
to places where they can find moist wood.
No amount of exterminator treatment will help.
Most carpenter ant issues have nothing to do with a leak at all...they
can get plenty of moisture from the condensation off the copper pipes.
It usually is a hollow area they have found to nest in when they are in
If they are carpenter ants, they generally nest in rotted or damaged
wood (indoors or out). They start
to forage near dusk, so I would take a look at where they seem to be
entering the house....then put
down some bait. Baiting inside will help, too, but you want the bait to
be where their path is.
They can be in rotted roof deck, or tree limbs overhanging the roof.
Cleaning up wood debris and repairing
damaged wood will get rid of them more quickly than bait or poison.
All ants will have winged ones in the colony...they are the
reproductives and even some of the small "sugar ant" species will have
queens 1/4 inch or larger. Try to get them identified to get the best
route for treating. Possibly they are male ants that at this time of
year is not important to the colony so were not given food, died and
then discarded as trash from the colony.
As another poster said, they can still be carpenter ants:
Someone else said they don't indicate a moisture problem.
Here's my experience:
We had carpenter ants show up each spring.
We paid an exterminator for 2 years with no change
so I got rid of the exterminator.
Then I found a place where water was leaking down an inside
wall and there were ants there too. Fixed the leak,
I'm in a wooded area in NJ. There are always carpenter
ants around outside. They only came in the house when there
was moisture available.
There may or may not be a leak somewhere in your house.
Try finding the nest.
Dan Espen wrote:
ter said, they can still be carpenter ants:
Actually it was "most carp ant issues have nothing to do with a leak
at all". Probably should have prefixed it with the carp ant work I have
dealt with over the years. 85%-90% of all carpenter ant work I do is
not even located in wood, much less wet wood..I'd guess another 5-8
percent of my work with carp ants are in wood, but nothing wet...hollow
core doors...behind crown molding...in cardboard shoe boxes...then I'll
come across one a couple of times a year maybe that is located near
wet/deteriorating wood. They will move into water damaged wood, so it
is always good to be on the look out for any leaks for sure. But when
they are in
Most large ants found in a home will be carpenter ants...doubtful the
dirt you found outside has anything to do with the ants. Harvester ants
can also be a large ant that would nest in the dirt, though I am not
sure how far North they are found and I have never seen a harvester ant
forage inside a house. There are a couple of carp ant baits on the
market that work well even if you are not sure where the nest is
located, though getting the ants identified would be the first action to
do, so the problem could be properly handled.
Only thing that worked for me. Log onto
www.gardensalive.com and buy liquid ant bait. Put out bottle caps or
other small containers, and let them drink as much as they want. They will
belly up for a drink, and not come back.
Such is my experience.
Christopher A. Young
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