‘Bugs News What are these BIG black ants how to get rid of ants in the house in my house

In early spring or late winter people often encounter these how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar large black ants in homes. These big ants are different than the more common small, brown "nuisance ants" that plague kitchens. The big ants are called carpenter ants ( camponotus spp.) and unlike their smaller cousins, nest above ground in cavities. Nest building and cavity expansion by these large, powerful ants can cause damage if nests occur in our how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar homes.

Most of the ants you find in homes are small, less than 1/4", and brown. There are several species of small brown ants that can how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar nest in our home’s walls or nearby soil and enter homes in search how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of food and water (see house ants for identification and control). Nuisance ants are just that, a nuisance. They won’t damage your home and pose no health threat of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar any kind.

There’s another ant, however, that occasionally is found in homes that is much bigger how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar (1/4"-5/8"), darker in color, nests in the walls, floors and ceiling and can cause significant structural damage if how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar not treated properly. People’s first reaction often is " what are these BIG black ants in my home?" these are the carpenter ants and they can destroy the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar materials (structural wood, insulation, sheathing and so forth) that surround their nests. Thousands of dollars in home damage can be caused by how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a single carpenter ant nest as it grows.

Carpenter ants normally forage outside for food and water. Foraging ants will therefore move back and forth between their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar nest in a house and their hunting/foraging grounds outside. Carpenter ants are scavengers and predators taking whatever food they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar can find. The only time they normally enter the living space of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar homes is in late winter and early spring before their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar food sources develop outside. Therefore, if you find more than a few of these big how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar black ants indoors, especially in spring, that’s a pretty sure sign that you have a nest how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar somewhere in the home. Don’t be concerned about carpenter ants you find outdoors at how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar any time of the year unless they are trailing into how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your home.

You may also find carpenter ants with wings (see photo above). These are the so called "reproductives" that start new colonies. Since this stage can easily shed their wings the ants how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you find indoors may have actually flown in through an how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar open window or door.

Once you confirm the workings of a carpenter ant nest how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in your home (see inspecting homes for carpenter ants) plan to treat the whole house (see links below). There is no need for "periodic maintenance treatments" advocated by some pest control companies, treat only when you know for sure that there’s a problem.

Use the following articles to treat carpenter ant nests around how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your home. If you are handy you can probably do most of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar this work yourself, except perhaps repair of existing damage. If you are not so handy take a look at how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the article below about hiring pest control services.

HELP!!!!! The ants go marching in my house, oh no, oh no! My problem is unlike anything I’ve read so far. This started around the beginning of spring. We have a small maltese who uses pee pee pads. One day my husband and I came home and from how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a distance, there was what looked like a 6-8" diameter black spot on her pad. We went to look at it and the spot started how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar moving in all directions! It was hundreds of HUGE ants gathered on the spot how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar where our dog urinated. We were both stomping like mad! We just couldn’t kill them all they scattered so fast. We have had a few of the small sugar ants how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the past but never this giant beast. My husband got some spray and went outside and sprayed how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all around house, obvious hills and holes. It cut down on the number but we still had how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar some. Tonight, same story. Only, TWICE AS MANY on pee pad! I have a medical background, so my hypothesis is they may be attracted to any how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar excess glucose excreted in urine if dog may have diabetes how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar or cushing’s disease. However, are carpenter ants usually attracted to sweets? Are these definitely carpenter ants? I have even been bitten twice by them. We are stumped! We would greatly appreciate any advice, direction, education, recommendation you can parlay through your expertise! Major concern, too, we have two grandchildren age 3 and 4 months in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar which we do not want exposure to any harmful chemicals.

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