How do you get rid of black carpenter ants in the back yard?


i have been trying to get rid of black carpenter ants in my back yard using only items that will not harm my dogs , birds or turtles .

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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on May 25, 2020

    There are many products that won't harm animals. We used Ant - Pro spikes.

    • DEEDEE DEEDEE on May 26, 2020

      I am going to try your suggestion today. I have 11 turtles in my backyard and 3 dogs and 2 bird feeders. I am afraid for the turtles who wonder all over the yard.

  • Gk Gk on May 25, 2020

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

    • DEEDEE DEEDEE on May 26, 2020

      I have tried pouring boiling water into the ant hole, do I need to dig up the nest? They disappear for a couple of days and then come back.

  • Beth Beth on May 25, 2020

    What kind of birds do you have? I find my chickens are great at natural pest control--they'll eat anything that moves!

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    • Beth Beth on May 26, 2020

      That's too bad, Deedee! It's always nice to have natural pest control.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 25, 2020

    Hello again Deedee,

    Pour Boiling water onto the nest. That should do it. If it doesn't - Repeat as often as necessary.

  • First, you need to find the nest and then destroy it. Boiling water usually works.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 25, 2020

    Mix 1 part boric acid with 10 parts sugar water, add this mixture to the food you want to use as bait, and set it out along any carpenter ant trails or spots you think foraging workers frequent. The sugar water in the mixture will draw the workers in, and the boric acid will kill them – and their nest.

    Borax kills all of them, they carry it home and feed their babies.

    I mix a teaspoon of borax (in the laundry soap area)

    with some hot water and something sweet like honey or jam.

  • Patti Patti on May 25, 2020

    You can get Boric Acid Powder at the Dollar Store for about $2.oo and just squeeze it into the hole where they come out of. This stuff kills Roaches, Ants, and other kinds of walking bugs by 'dehydrating them' and they go back to their nests where their friends eat them and die. Sounds gross, but works really well.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on May 26, 2020

    Hi thi is Peggy. Sorry you are dealing with pesky black ants. I hope this helps you. Search Results

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  • Susie Cooks Susie Cooks on May 26, 2020

    I use a homemade recipe. Good for ants and termites.

    2 Parts Borax

    2 Parts confectionery sugar

    1 Part Cornmeal

    Mix the three thoroughly and sprinkle. Repeat once a week till none are seen.

    I use an empty grated cheese container. I do all around my foundation, not where my dog goes. It is not toxic for animals but can make them vomit.

  • Carolyn Klein Carolyn Klein on May 26, 2020

    Unless you get to the nest nothing is going to work and that isn't easy. My ant infestation was outside under my deck last summer. Then some came into my 2nd story bedroom. Thought the borax/sugar solution had pretty much worked - wrong! If you even have a few ants coming back they are nested somewhere. We had warm days in January (Denver) and in some marched. In looking very carefully we discovered they were deeply nested in the wood framing around my window and the window nearly fell out. Get professional help and make sure they are gone. Not worth the do-it-yourself savings I sadly found out. The carpenter ants don't eat the wood but they tear it apart nesting and weaken the structure.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 26, 2020

    Try diatomaceous earth. It is safe to animals but deadly to pests with an exo skeleton.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on May 31, 2020

    I do know that vinager works on them

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 01, 2020

    Contractors also frequently use borax. I would be sure to remove any old wood, standing or ground wood.... remove stumps to not give them anything to eat. I followed our exterminator around and he pointed out everything to remove.

  • Borax is toxic to dogs so please avoid that. I had a carpenter ant problem once and used Terro liquid bait traps which worked wonders. Track down the nest if you can.