The best method to control carpenter ants is to locate and destroy the nest, replace damaged or decayed wood, and, if they exist, eliminate moisture problems. Eliminating a carpenter ant nest can be a difficult and challenging task. It is possible for a resident to control carpenter ants on their own. However, in most cases, control should be performed by an experienced pest management professional.
Carpenter ants will infest and further damage areas of wood in your home.
One of the main differences between termites and carpenter ants is that the termite actually eats wood and the carpenter ant removes the wood and deposits the remnants and debris outside their nests. If you see small piles of wood dust, this may be an indicator of a carpenter ant infestation. When treating an infestation of carpenter ants, it is important to find the nest first. Once found, it can be removed or treated using natural chemicals. All moisture conditions that the ants found should be corrected immediately to prevent future damage.