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Proactive treatment of carpenter ants

Posted by jenottawa (My Page) on
Wed, May 22, 13 at 21:40

Two of my neighbours have problems with carpenter ants in their homes. (including my next door neighbour and the house next to hers). Our houses are pretty close together and have not yet seen any evidence. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent them from coming our way? Non-toxic to kids and pets is important for us too.
A neighbour mentioned a silica-based product applied to the foundation? Some neighbours have nests in their 60-year old front lawn sugar maples. Not sure where other nests are.
Thanks so much!

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RE: Proactive treatment of carpenter ants

Roach Proof (boric acid) mixed with honey will kill carpenter ants.
Ants will take this mixture back to the nest and in time will kill the queen.

Maybe you could figure out a way to put Roach Proof/honey in a small container and fasten to trees out of reach of children to reduce the ant population. Protect from rain.

Since the mixture worked in a weeks time I did not get around to putting the mixture on trees. I did put jar lids of the mixture in the upstairs and downstairs attic.

Ants will enter a home through the weep holes of the brick.
Ants enter the home looking for water.

RE: Proactive treatment of carpenter ants

They much prefer wood that is softened by being wet.

RE: Proactive treatment of carpenter ants

Honey is expensive...use corn syrup. Or just buy a ready made boric acid and sugar mixture like Terro. It does work wonders on ants.

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