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Serious Ant Infestations: Carpenter Ants Case Study

Borax Ant Killer

Some ant infestations aren’t normal. We’re not talking about a few little ants crawling around in your kitchen the morning. In this post we’ll be discussing severe ant problems, the damage they can do to your home and how to get rid of ants when you have a severe ant infestation.

In our research, we’ve found some people have had ant problems so severe they’ve had to move out of their home due to a horrible ant infestation! Of course you hope your ant situation never comes to that. The good news is these types of infestations are extremely rare, and typically only happen when signs of an ant problem are ignored until it gets out of control. Nonetheless here are some tips to help prevent severe ant infestations.

How To Get Rid Of Ants

If you’re looking to get rid of common household ants then sealing up cracks in your foundation or walls is a great place to start. Also check to make sure there are no leaking pipes or areas where water leaks and it’s constantly wet. For carpenter ants it’s important not to have wood (such as a firewood pile or unused building materials) leaning up against your home because eventually carpenter ants will make their way inside.

You may know a little bit about carpenter ants from our blog about this species of ant, but let’s talk a little more about them. Carpenter ants like sugar-based food so using ant bait that is borax acid based will be an effective ant killer. You can make your own borax acid ant bait by buying the acid from the store and mixing it with sugar and water.

Here is a basic recipe for Borax acid ant bait:

  • 1 Cup or Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Borax
  • ½ Cup or Water

Directions: Put all ingredients in a saucepan and boil for three minutes, let it cool and it will thicken into a paste. Make sure to wash the saucepan very well to get rid of any borax acid left in the pan.

Even though this ant killer has a very low toxicity level (you would need to ingest a lot of it for it to kill you) you still need to be careful if you have children or pets around. This is an effective ant removal technique and helps to wipe out the whole nest, however it does take some time and patience. The one thing you should know about getting rid of ants, is that most methods don’t work instantly; they take a little time and dedication.

Eradicating Carpenter Ants For Good

Carpenter ants often have one main nest and numerous satellite nests. It can be hard to find where the ants are coming from, but if you follow their trail, you may be able to identify one or more of their nests. Carpenter ants like to burrow in damp rotting wood so it’s important you check your home for areas that carpenter ants are most likely to inhabit. If homemade ant removal methods aren’t working on your serious ant infestation you should call a professional ant removal company.

We can’t stress enough how a severe ant problem can do extensive damage to your home. While homemade ant removal remedies may be good for a few ants, they may not be appropriate when targeting a few dispersed colonies in a condensed area. If that happens to be the case, you should contact a professional for assistance.

When you call Magical Pest Control’s special ant removal division, we can offer you advice on how to get rid of ants. If your problem is too severe for you to handle alone, we’ll dispatch a technician to treat your home and kill ants in and around it. You can reach us by phone at (905) 738-6676 or contact us online. Don’t let carpenter ants or other ants severely damage the structure of your home. Call us today to avoid the costly renovation expenses caused by a severe ant infestation.

2 thoughts on “Serious Ant Infestations: Carpenter Ants Case Study

  1. I have a big window in my living room….(6ft by 6ft)
    Well the window is old..and water snow and weather has ruined it and the wall it is in…..Now i need a new window and wall..drywall
    I think with that wood being wet…i have a colony of Carpenter Ants living in it! We kill amout 20 to 30 ants a day! And that’s just what we see!

    • Hi Mellisa,

      We’re sorry to hear that you believe there are carpenter ants in your home. They can be extremely destructive. As we often mention throughout this blog, they can be challenging to get rid of. Your best bet is to place ant baits near the source. If that doesn’t help, you will likely need to call a pest control company to eliminate them for you.

      We hope you find a solution!
      -Magical Pest

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