6th December 2019

nytimes
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Are carpenter ants bad?

Unlike termites, which live in the ground but eat wood voraciously and can do considerable damage, carpenter ants prefer to establish their nests in hollow areas and inside moist wood. Rather than cause damage by eating the wood, they excavate it to create smooth-walled, hollowed-out galleries.

In this way, are carpenter ants bad for trees?

If a tree is not dangerous and is more than 25 feet from the house, there is no need to worry about carpenter ants, other insects, or fungi that is attacking the dead wood. Occasionally a dead area will hollow out and start holding water. This doesn't hurt the tree but will breed mosquitoes.

Do carpenter ants nest in trees?

Aphids and scales feed on trees, shrubs, and other plants. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on meats and pet food, as well as syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood. They remove wood as they create galleries and tunnels for nesting.

How do you get rid of carpenter ants in your house?

Try a boric acid bait.
  1. Buy boric acid at a garden supply store.
  2. Mix with powdered sugar, in a ratio of about 1/3 sugar to 2/3 boric acid.
  3. Fill bottle caps with the mixture. Set down around the area where you observe the ants.
  4. When they return it to the nest, it will kill the ants in the nest.
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