How To Stop The Carpenter Ant Home Invasion
Carpenter ants play a vital role in the ecosystem by helping rotted wood to decompose quicker.
Unfortunately, carpenter ants don't distinguish between decaying wood and the good wood in your home. You can tell if you have carpenter ants by looking for wood shavings near cracks in molding or siding. The ants can be black or red, and often times you can actually hear them rustling around inside the wood simply by holding up an inverted drinking glass or stethoscope to listen.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. Before you even get to the point where you have to call the exterminator to get rid of those hungry ants, here are a few preventative steps you can take to keep carpenter ants away from your home.
Carpenter ants require wood and moisture, so the first step to take is to keep piles of wood and decaying trees or shrubs away from your house. Having firewood near the back door is nice, but you're also placing out a welcome mat for the ants.
Next, any cracks in the foundation of your home, gaps around doors or windows, or any open areas where your cable or electric lines may enter the house should be caulked and sealed tight to keep the carpenter ants from getting inside.
Lastly, keep moisture away from the house by making sure your landscape grade tilts away from the house, and be sure to keep your gutters unclogged and chimneys and skylights sealed up.