How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants with Natural Home Remedies
Carpenter ants aren’t thought to be dangerous to humans but they may cause long-term structural damages to homes if they are left untreated. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of carpenter ants using natural home remedies.
1. Set Up Boric Acid Bait
Boric acid is a naturally-occurring mineral that is known for being an excellent home remedy for eliminating ants. Typically, you will mix the boric acid with something sweet like sugar in order to attract ordinary black ants. With carpenter ants, you may have to do things slightly differently. If the sugar + boric acid combination doesn’t work then try combining the powder with protein-based bait instead.
2. Get Rid of the Moisture
Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture, especially damp wood. They will scope out damaged wood to use as their nesting sites. We suggest checking all the pipes and water fixtures in the house for potential leaks. These leaks must be all fixed quickly before carpenter ant season kicks in.
3. Spread Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a natural white powder that can help eliminate soft-bodied insects like carpenter ants. We don’t feel it but the powder has microscopic sharp edges that will cause insects to dry out and die from the loss of body oils and fats. We suggest sprinkling a fine layer of the powder next to the areas where the carpenter ants are found. Don’t forget to grab the food-grade version if you want to try this.
4. Clear out the Yard Debris
To prevent more carpenter ants from amassing in your yard, we suggest having your yard properly decluttered. Clear out all the debris (e.g. dead leaves and branches), and make sure the moisture in the soil gets properly drained out. If you take away the main attractant then there is no reason for the carpenter ants to infest your home.