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Is Homemade Carpenter Ant Killer Effective?

For those people who are ecologically conscious, finding a way to make a homemade carpenter ant killer might become a priority if carpenter ants are around your house or you think you might be susceptible to carpenter ant infestation. The most effective way to get rid of carpenter ants is with chemicals, but some people just aren’t comfortable with using chemicals which has prompted them to try and find a homemade carpenter ant killer that will be effective and easy to use.

Unfortunately, there is no easy homemade carpenter ant killer that has proven to be as effective as chemicals.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to get rid of carpenter ants without the use of chemicals. Carpenter ants are resilient creatures who simply look for a food source and “go to work”. The best homemade carpenter ant killer you can employ is to remove their food source. That means getting wet wood dry, cleaning up damp leaves around the base of your home, and making sure that there are no minuscule entryways for carpenter ants to enter your home and begin their damage.

Unlike other pests, you can’t sprinkle some hot pepper sauce on them or spray them with a vinegar and water mixture to kill them. They’ll live through it and continue to breed despite your best efforts. Don’t try these methods as they will only cause you frustration and make you angry that you can’t use a homemade carpenter ant killer to get rid of these unwelcome guests.

For more ideas, check out our post on how to kill carpenter ants

One web page that we found suggests that you take a cardboard box and wet it down. Then you place it around your home and monitor it. Carpenter ants like soft food and the weakened cardboard – that is made of wood – makes it a great buffet for invading carpenter ants. Once you find carpenter ants in the damp cardboard, take it somewhere and burn it and then continue the process. It takes diligence, but eventually, you’ll gain control – at least somewhat.

Another poster on this web page went to a local home improvement store and bought some carpenter ant bait for $18.88. She placed it around the foundation of her home and changed it as the box said. Since she monitored it faithfully and changed the bait according to directions, she found that she didn’t get a carpenter ant problem at all. What is funny about her story is that a pest control company came out to assess her home and give her an estimate on how she could control carpenter ants. Their estimate was over $1,300! In her quest for a homemade carpenter ant killer, she found a commercial product that worked just as well as a pest control company’s but for much, much, much less the cost.

Use common sense when trying to come up with a homemade carpenter ant killer and be diligent about your efforts. If you take the time to pay attention to your home, you will eventually be able to come up with a homemade carpenter ant killer that will meet all of your needs and keep your home safe.

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