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Carpenter Ant Control

by GonADCY - Jun 8, 2014 - 0

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Always see the entire label around the pesticide container and in strict accordance by using it. Make sure the pest or pests you are controlling is on the label and wear any safety equipment that is recommended. Keep off With the REACH OF CHILDREN AND Animals.

Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyeglasses when mixing concentrates into the diluted form. Wear respirator when mixing wettable powders, using dusts, spraying overhead or fogging.

If pesticide comes in contact with skin wash with soapy cold water. Remove any contaminated clothing and wash separately from other clothing. If material touches eyes, flush with lots of water not less than 15 minutes and seek the assistance of a physician.

Trade and brands are used limited to information or reference. Other products could be suitable and work just as well.


Stainless steel sprayers and dusters can be purchased from some bug control companies that sell over the counter pesticides and equipment for the public. The expense of this equipment may be more than the "DO-IT-YOURSELFER" wants to pay nevertheless the gear will provide you with years of service. For the sake of expense, some professional equipment may be substituted with things you may curently have.

Safety Glasses.

Rubber Gloves.

Chemical Absorbing Respirator, at least a Dust Mask.

Hand Compressed Sprayer or Squirt Bottle for Small Jobs.

Duster - A plastic squeezable mustard or catsup bottle with nipple.

Funnel and Measuring Cup


Note - Always wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when handling concentrates. Never breathe in splash-back of sprays or dusts. Never sacrifice safety for expense.

Carpenter ants usually are not true eaters of wood together may think, however they hollow out wood to nest in. Carpenter ants are a social insect with complete metamorphosis, (egg, larva, pupa, adult). The wingless ants seen crawling throughout the house are the workers (sterile females) and do all the work from the colony. They vary in dimensions form ? inch to 5/8 inch and could be entirely black or black and red in color. The reproductives bear wings and swarm to mate early in the year and early summer. The workers excavate tunnels called galleries over the grain from the wood. The coarse sawdust is dropped out of the nest leaving the galleries and also smooth.

The main element to eliminating carpenter ants is choosing the nest. This is not simple and you may never visibly view it. Try not to despair, the issue can still be eliminated or controlled. Carpenter ants can nest in every space or void that the structure has, but the most prevalent areas are moisture areas.

The initial indication you have carpenter ants is often the foraging of workers, sawdust on your wildlife decor, cabin decor, rustic decor or even a crunching sound in the wall or beam. The employees normally be visible on your home counter, in the sink, dishwasher, bathrooms or anywhere there is moisture. It may be moisture around entrance areas, condensation from pipes, leaks, areas that won't get much sun and could be attracted by kitchen spills.

We begin inside the cellar. KEEP CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC PETS Out from the AREA WHILE OPERATING AND UNTIL DRY (Three or four hours). Get a 6 foot step ladder, fill your duster 7/8's packed with dust and mix 1 / 2 gallon of diluted spray from concentrate. Don your respirator and wear any protective equipment recommended on the label of one's pesticide. Start in most and pull out the insulation (if applicable) in every four corners, 90 degree angles from extensions and entrance areas. Withdraw the insulation from plumbing areas over the perimeter from the foundation and center of cellar to see the ants themselves or sawdust. Puff a bit dust ( Two or three puffs) behind the insulation, whether you can find ants or otherwise and switch the insulation. Sometimes there's a small gap involving the floor as well as the top of the mudsill joist. When there is, puff some dust into the gap or crack wherever it's found, whether you see ants or otherwise not. If you discover ants puff dust about the ants and keep pulling the insulation until you don't see anymore. A nest can take up 3-5 wall Makesquirt voids or is often as little as several ants in some places. You can also convey more than the usual nest, so be thorough. Puff dust into any voids beneath bathtub, bathroom sinks or showers from the cellar. When the ants have tunneled into the wood drill ? inch holes every 6 to 8 inches and puff dust in to the galleries (tunnels) with the nest.

If the cellar does not have insulation and is also available, try to find sawdust neatly piled on your cabin decor, wildlife decor, rustic decor or anyplace as well as any obvious activity. Try to find exit holes in the sawdust and drill into the wood every 4 to 6 inches. When the wood is solid stop. When the sawdust is incorporated in the area of an entrance you may want to go drilling externally the home. Carpenter ants love to get involving the kick-plate of the entrance as well as the first 2 x 8 joist of the home.

With all the diluted pesticide that you previously prepared, lightly spray the mudsill after putting the insulation back it's proper place. Try not to spray open conduit boxes or live electrical wiring, wear neoprene gloves as a safety precaution. If treatment around electrical boxes and junction boxes is necessary, use the dust formulation. Spray across the base boards with the entire cellar as well as any stray ants. Keep children and domestic pets out of the area until dry. Grab your gear and lets increase stairs.

If the kitchen counter and sink is against the exterior wall, take out all the top drawers and place them dealt with. Put on neoprene gloves and drill ? inch holes every 13 inches in to the wall. In the event the wall is sheetrock it will undergo easily. Do not force the drill, you might be over a pipe or electrical wire. Move over 3 inches and check out again. Stick the nipple of the duster into these holes so you've got a cushty fit and puff dust 4 to 5 times into each hole. The snug fit insures the dust will not keep coming back to you. Have your respirator on being a precaution. Keep the holes at any height and out of sight. Get upon your hands and knees and feel over the kick plate to get a opening towards the voids under the kitchen counter. If there is access puff some dust in to these voids (3-5 puffs). When there is no access, drill the kick plate to get into underneath the false bottoms of the kitchen counter every 13 inches. Keep the holes at any height and away from sight.

Take the duster in to the bathroom. Find access under the false bottom of the bathroom sink and puff dust. Puff dust into wall void if plumbing is certainly going in to the wall. Check where the toilet sits on to the floor. If you have a gap or space, puff a bit dust underneath the toilet. Ants want to live there. Should you didn't have usage of beneath the tub from your cellar, find access here. You will probably find access with the bathroom closet. When there is no access, drill a ? inch hole a couple of inches off the floor and puff dust under the tub. Pull out the molding round the shower head and puff dust into the wall void. Perform the same for the bathroom upstairs.

Spray along the baseboards of all of the rooms that you are have activity in. This sees the strays and also the residual will kill others taken from the wall for several weeks. Keep children and domestic pets from the area until dry (Three or four hours depending on humidity).

Enter in the attic using a flashlight and your duster. Browse around for sawdust or even a lot of dead ant bodies. The dead bodies only explain how they could be under the insulation. You should not fog. Pullup the insulation and puff dust in most four corners and beneath any vents, replace the insulation. Grab your gear and lets leave the house.

Fill your duster and don your respirator. Puff dust up all corners and ninety degree angles from the structure. Puff dust to the cracks and crevices with the kick plates of entrances and door jambs from the garage. While going around the house keep your eyes open for any ant trails or another obvious ant activity that could share the nest. Put on neoprene gloves and drill all corners and ninety degree angles of the house. Drill the holes about waist high at 13 inch intervals to insure usage of A few voids. If you hit a stud make room 3 inches and drill again. Puff dust to the voids (4 to 6 times). Drill holes Six to eight inches apart to the kick plate of all entrances. In the beginning usually do not go all through but penetrate the fir inch kick plate leading to half the two x 8 behind it. Puff dust in to the holes. When the dust comes back to you, stop. Should you cannot service behind an entrance from your cellar, drill all the way through to access the inside and puff dust in to the holes. You need a longer boring bit to access sleep issues. Repair the holes cosmetically, with glazing compound or One inch cuts of ? inch dowels, personal preference.

Mix another half gallon of diluted spray for your foundation treatment. Trim any tall grass resistant to the foundation. Cats and dogs eat grass. Keep children and domestic pets from the area while operating and until dry. The nozzle of the sprayer needs to be on fan or cone. Start at a corner and direct wartrol to the mudsill area (the area where the foundation meets the very first wood individuals the home). Also spray the 90 degree angle the location where the ground meets the inspiration wall. Spray it at low pressure regarding wet it, shouldn't drip or elope, usually 3 passovers is sufficient. Spray around doors and windows, any obvious ant trails and stray ants. Carpenter ant treatment is not restricted to these areas but these would be the at their peak areas and this treatment will solve about 98 percent of carpenter ant problems.

Carpenter ant treatment is not restricted to the above treatment. Other areas to consider in the event the problem persists.

Hollow interior doors - Pull the pins and lay the entranceway on it's edge. You could hear a rustling noise while you slowly move the door around. Look for the breathing holes on the top and bottom from the door. If ants have been in there the breathing holes are generally rounded out and never square. If you feel they are inside, take the door outside and puff dust to the holes. Switch the door when activity ceases.

Hollow curtain rods - Take rod outside and spray ants with quick knock down aerosol and replace rod.

Retaining walls - In the event the retaining wall is made out of logs drill to the galleries (hollowed out tunnels) and puff dust into them.

Stumps and trees - Use existing holes or drill into the galleries and apply dust. Spray the exterior from the bole with residual water spray. If the tree is living as well as your not thinking about taking it down. Apply dust into any existing holes in the base of the tree. Spray the back from the tree of up to you are able to from the ground. Spraying the back of the tree may have to be done repeatedly through the season when the ants are located in a limb that's high off the ground and you can not get the nest.

Chimney's - Apply dust to crevices and cracks the location where the chimney abuts your house. Moisture settles between the house and chimney as a result of faulty caulking and is a common place for carpenter ants to nest.

Use sound judgment when using pesticides. See the entire label around the pesticide container. KEEP CHILDREN AND Animals Out from the AREA WHILE OPERATING AND UNTIL DRY.


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