Carpenter ants are mostly beneficial when they are in their natural habitat, but if they are on your property, they can be pretty destructive. Their main task when they are in their nest is to help decompose fallen trees and old stumps.
When a colony of carpenter ants start making their way to your home this supposed to be helpful colony becomes a nuisance since they will now be destroying part of your home that could end up for you paying for repairs. You will need pest control treatment for ants.
How do you know if your home is being attacked by carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants are not meticulous on where they will set up their colony as long as you provide them with the right environment with moisture. They can stay in stumps, doors, baseboards, window frames, basements, attics, fence posts, and so on. They can create elaborate tunnels to expand their colonies. If you are not careful enough and allow them to infest, they can make serious structural damage.
Carpenter ants mostly rely on areas where moisture is present. Search for signs of frass or worker ants. You will notice that these worker ants are mostly active at night as they forage for food.
Once you have found their nest, you can also eliminate them by using natural bait of boron compounds. Place it in the food which the worker ants can carry. Once they bring it back to the nest, the ants who ate the borate will die together with the queen ant thus destroying the colony.
However, if you want to destroy the colony effectively and quickly, you can contact your local pest control specialist as they have the means to identify where the colony is exactly residing and eliminate them entirely. While ants are very difficult to get rid of permanently but with the help of the pros you don’t have to deal with those large colony at all.