(Closed) Carpenter Ants! Advice needed!!

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Do you have pets? You can use traps yourself. We had ants last summer in our kitchen but because we have a dog, it was tricky. But we built a fence with bricks to create an area so that my dog couldn’t get to them and that is where we put the traps. Within about 2 days, the ants were gone. They take the bait back to their nest which kills off all of them.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

When we had carpenter ants years and years ago…they were infested in a tree in our yard. The tree was dying….so, bye-bye tree. Problem solved..

Post # 6
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5757 posts
Bee Keeper

How do you know which kind they are? Carpenter ants are terribly damaging so you need an exterminator,pronto. My boss had them destroy his gorgeous bathroom as the damage was extensive…and cost a fortune.

Post # 8
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

After seeing what Smyley wrote above, it sounds like you should call an exterminator right away! I think I got my ants mixed up. lol I didn’t realize these were a more serious problem than the type I’m used to. Good luck!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We had a nasty infestation at our last place we lived, an apartment, so we couldn’t spray the outside like I’d have wanted to. But, I went to good ol’ Walmart and picked up these covered traps, specifically for carpenter ants, that the ants go into, take the bait, and bring it back to the colony. The colony then dies. It worked SO amazingly well. We literally had probably 100 ants one day. It was disgusting. We of course killed all the ones we could see, and got rid of them. I put down those traps and two days later I was seeing NO ants whatsoever.

For what it’s worth, I have a cat. She was totally disinterested in the traps but I did have them mostly hidden. I got 4 in the entire pack and placed them all around our bedroom (their entry point).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would call an exterminator.  We had an issue with ants a few years ago and I think it cost us around $400 or $600 (I can’t remember) but it cleared up the problem and it came with a one year guarantee.  He got rid of the nest in our house and also found a nest in a tree in our yard and sprayed there as well.  It was WELL worth it!  I couldn’t stand to have the ants in our house and I just wanted them OUT.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had almost the exact same situation as @LiliKitty!  As soon as spring hit, our gardenview apartment became infested with giant ants.  I went to the store and bought the covered ant traps, placed them where I saw them most frequently (near the windows, in the corner of rooms) and they were gone in less than a week.  We have a cat and she didn’t bother with the traps at all.

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