Carpenter ant killer?

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  • Vinegar. It disrupts their pheromone trail.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 05, 2020

    Hello, this has been my goto for a lot of insect problems, it is diatemaceous earth, it is non toxic to humans and pets. Hope it helps you too,

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 05, 2020

    Personally I would use Terro, available at diy stores, it is Borax, they love it and take it home to their colony, it wipes out the queen(s) as well as the workers. We put it in the way of ant parades across our deck and they love it.

    Another thought, although I have not tried it is equal parts of baking soda and sugar.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 05, 2020

    If you can find the nest you can pour boiling water directly into the nest. You may have to do this several times.

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 05, 2020

    Diatomaceous earth is my go to for ants. Aunt Fannies Ant Spray is great for in the house. Carpenter ants are very destructive. If you have a problem with them affecting your house, I would consider a licensed exterminator who guarantees their work. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jul 06, 2020

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  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Jul 06, 2020

    Here's some more tips for dealing with carpenter ants

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 06, 2020

    Diatomaceous earth will kill anything with an exoskeleton. It is safe for pets & small children if you get food grade. Effective even if it gets wet.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 06, 2020

    Hi S. This is what I used for my ant problem, it may work for you, too.

    Make a mix of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 powdered sugar. Mix well and put around the spots they are in your garden, or inside your home, it's harmless to people and pets. For outside use, you can put it in a bottle, like a pill bottle or something like that. Cut a hole on the edge of the cap, and lay the bottle on it's side so the ants can come in and get the mix. This way, it stays dry if it should rain. They will take it back to the nest and it should kill them. I'd keep it out there all season if you can. The mix makes a gas and the ants can't pass gas, so it kills them. Anything else that eats it will just taste the baking soda and say "Yuck" and walk off. It won't hurt anything that can pass gas, so it's completely safe. It helps to know what type of ant you are trying to get rid of, too. Try this site, scrolling down to see the different types of ants and how to deal with them. Good luck. If you can't see the photo, it's that little square thing at the bottom left, right (or is it left?) click and then select 'view image'. It should come up for you :)

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jul 08, 2020

    cornmeal will kill any kind of ant, we use Jiffy because it is sweet, they grab it up and take it back to the nest and it kills the workers and queen. Any cornmeal or even grits works, but they love the sweet taste of Jiffy. It is inexpensive, safe for pets and kids, and best IT WORKS.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jul 10, 2020

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  • Jean Davies Jean Davies on Jan 27, 2021

    We fought these lil guys as well. It was hard.

    Please keep in mind - they might be coming from outside especially if you have a garden with old trees.

    Still, if there are many of them inside the house (like it was in our case), there may well be a moisture problem and rotting wood. So the best solution is to find and fix the problem in the first place. After this, find the trail and/or nest and spray it. The ants will not come back if everything is dry. They really like the rot.

    I have used a product called Terro (summary can be found here:, you leave it in their trail and they suck it up and take it back to the nest feeding the others.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 28, 2021

    I spray the bottom of my foundation 2x a year with a Termite and Carpenter Ant insecticide in a large white spray bottle that I get at True Value Hardware Store. Contractors here also use borax in attics to kills them. If you do have an infestation you need an exterminator as they will eat your house. Oregon has tons of these nasty things.

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