Carpenter ants are more than an annoyance, they are destructive pests. They burrow into wood to build their nesting areas within, and once they have established themselves, it is difficult to get rid of them. Carpenter ants vary in appearance and color and are normally large. They appear in swarms during the spring season, an indication that somewhere nearby they have established a colony and sub-colonies.

Their nesting areas are frequently found in decaying tree trunks or roots, rotting wood and other spaces that have access to water. Like all living things, ants also need water to survive. When carpenter ants invade homes, they nest on walls and near areas where there is moisture. A home should be rid immediately of carpenter ants before they can cause more damage.

Methods of Ridding Ants

An effective way to get rid of ants is to find the nesting colony where the queen ant lays 800 to more than a thousand eggs in one day. Queen ants lay eggs prodigiously in a day because they have stored a lifetime of sperm in her reproductive tract. Unless the queen ants are destroyed, there will be no end to the numeral of ants invading the home and garden.

Boric Acid

Spraying ants is not an effective way of killing them off. A better way to destroy carpenter ants is to bait them with boric acid powder with sugar. It is the sugar, not the boric acid that attracts ants. When the ants take the boric-powder-sugar solution back to their nests, a whole colony will feed on it; but they don’t die instantly. It will take some time before a number of dead ants are observed.

Combining boric acid with honey and peanut butter are effective homemade remedies to get rid of carpenter ants though there are ready products available in drugstores and farm supply outlets. Boric acid is derived from water and boron. It is tasteless and odorless and white in color. This substance is toxic to ants and cockroaches and although is low in toxicity, this should be kept away from children.


Pyrethrum is a natural pesticide derived from the Chrysanthemum family. If this is mixed with the home rubbing alcohol, it can kill ants upon contact. When using this, use protective gloves because pyrethrum can irritate the skin, eyes, and the respiratory system.

Corn Meal

Cornmeal is hard to digest even for humans. When ants feed on cornmeal and drink water, the water swells the cornmeal causing their digestive system to burst. Baiting them with cornmeal should be constantly done until there are no more traces of carpenter ants.


Ants hate the smell of cinnamon; place cinnamon powder along crevices and on the regular ant trails. The scent drives them to relocate.

If the situation cannot be controlled, a Melbourne Pest Control expert is recommended. To get rid of the ants, the nesting area will be located and holes will be drilled to entice the ants out to chemically treated areas. Once the ants get out, all infested areas will be sprayed with a residual insecticide solution.

Author's Bio: 

Adler Conway is a professional writer and blogger. I live in Melbourne. I am a manager in cleaning company.