How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

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In order to get rid of carpenter ants, locate the nest by following the workers back to the nest at night. Discover how to use Delta Dust to kill whatever ants track through it with help from a certified pest control operator in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida and carpenter ants are a real bad problem down here in Florida. People who had a leak, a water leak some where within the home or maybe you had a roof leak as well. A lot these areas are water soaked up in the attic so those are perfect harborage areas for carpenter ants. Remember now carpenter ants don't actually damage the wood but what they do do is tunnel out the wood to use for their galleries. But how can you get rid of them. Number one you got to locate the nest. So locating the nest, very easy. Go out right around dusk and if you have to use a flashlight that's OK to, but you can actually follow the workers directly back to the nest. At night time they all return to the nest so once you find the line of carpenter ants, find out where they are going and getting access to the home. Once you have found the area where they're going either inside the home or even outside the home for an exterior colony, you can locate that and then in the morning you can come back up, locate that nest if it is up in the attic and use a product named Delta dust. Delta dust is a very, very good product. It is for use in primarily in wet, damp areas because Delta dust doesn't get wet at all. Once you apply it, you'll either put it inside either the sockets on the wall, the receptacle outlets or up into the attic. It will never get wet. Even if it's a wet area that you have, this product won't get wet, the carpenter ants will track through it and it will kill them very efficiently. Now the next thing you need to make sure you do is to make sure and seal up or correct any of these areas that may have been getting water in. If you had a roof leak you may have to have an inspector come out and find out where the water if coming in. Seal up those areas. Do granule applications of insecticide around the home. Treat your citrus and fruit trees where the carpenter ants forage for food and you will eliminate those carpenter ants from your home. I'm Mark Govan from ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida