Not so fast. Do you know the difference between what some call “Sugar Ants” and Carpenter Ants that are active this time of year? Sugar ants are the ants that show up every Spring, looking for food inside your home. Fairly innocuous, unless the get into the bag of sugar which they did at my house and then tell their friends. Sugar Ants usually disappear with ant spray or ant traps, but I've found that making my own ant traps using 20 Mule Team Borax and sugar 1:1 with a little water takes care of them in just a day or two. If you'd like to know more about that solution, email me.
Through the years though I've had more than one call from a homeowner needing carpentry repairs on their home usually in preparation for painting. The ensuing dialog contains a statement like “we’ve seen the ants carrying the sawdust for years, but the exterminator comes and takes care of them”. The truth is that Carpenter Ants only invade rotting wood. Wood that gets wet repeatedly (dry rot) decays the sound wood fibers giving Carpenter Ants a food source and a protected nesting place that they love. Termites attack sound wood. Ants, only rotten wood. So, if you see piles of saw dust don’t call the exterminator, call Jim at Village Building and fix the ant problem forever! Well..... at least the Carpenter Ant problem, anyway.