by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
January 16, 2015
We’ve had two major infestations of carpenter ants to deal with in the 22 years of living in our home.
The first occurred shortly after we moved in. Our house was built in 1951 and sits in a semi-rural neighborhood with lots of trees, vegetation and moisture due to a backyard lake. Needless to say, it is the perfect environment for critters of all kinds including carpenter ants.
The first infestation had me calling the pest control company in a hurry. Carpenter ants are huge and very scary looking as you can see from the picture above. They actually don’t even bite and you can pick them up with your fingers and throw them in the toilet or flush down the drain with no problem. At the time, though, I didn’t know any of this, so seeing dozens of large, red ants running around my then retro style 1970’s orange and yellow kitchen was not a pretty sight.
I picked up the phone and called pest control and after a couple toxic sprayings around our house, yard and then in our attic over the course of a week or two, the carpenter ants were gone.
Our second infestation of carpenter ants happened just a few weeks ago, and this time, I handled it very differently.