In one room in my house I have noticed a couple of what look to be carpenter ants. There haven’t been many seen but a couple appear every two or three days. The room has wood paneling on the walls. Should I be worried that they will damage my walls?
Yes, you most definitely need to be concerned about this activity. As a general rule, 1-2 ants a year would be no cause for alarm. But if you’re seeing 1-2 a month, there is a problem. And based on your message, you’re seeing a lot more than 1-2 a week so you’ll need a treatment. At this point you need to either hire a service company to treat or do the work yourself using the products they’d use and save yourself on the cost of a service.
For now, I suggest you review our online CARPENTER ANT ARTICLE. This details all you’ll need to know about this pest and why they can be so damaging. As you’ll learn, they many times nest in or on a house and forage outside so the homeowner won’t see much activity even though they’re present. This leads the homeowner to believe there isn’t much of a problem even though there is a full blown nest or two hidden and from what you’re describing, I’d say you have at least one nest in or on the home at this time.
In our article you’ll learn one of the best things you can do is to “follow” any ant you find to see where they trail. This means you don’t want to kill them when you see it walking around; instead you need to let it walk where it wants to go, undisturbed, with the hope that it will lead you to their nest site. If you let any ant you find continue along on it’s travels, there is a good chance it will provide a clue as to where a nest might be located. So if you see him walk for 10-20 feet and then disappear through a crack somewhere, it would be a indicator that in fact a nest was located in this area. Our article has a great video on how to “follow” an ant to locate their nest and this should help you learn the process.
Now if you are able to locate a nest location, dusting it with some DRIONE would be the way to go as explained in our article. This treatment method is fast acting and will take care of the nest immediately. But if it turns out you’re not able to find any specific location to treat, no need to worry. In cases like this where we’re seeing some activity but are unsure of where the nest might be, a good application of PHANTOM AEROSOL throughout the room will usually do the trick. It’s slower acting and might take 7-14 days to affect the nest but it should get them.
We also suggest you get some PHANTOM CONCENTRATE and spray the outside of the home. This will insure you get any that might be moving between your home and the outside landscape. Phantom is unique in that it won’t be detected by the targeted insect so they don’t avoid treated areas. And once they step on a treatment, they’ll pick up some of the product which they then share with other members of the colony. This in turn will “kill” the nest after a few days making Phantom a great candidate when nest locations aren’t known.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Phantom EC: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/phantom-21-oz
Carpenter Ants: https://www.carpenterants.com/carpenter-ant-control