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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant Identification and Treatment

carpenter ants


  • Dark brown to black 
    • Except for Florida Carpenter Ant. Ranges from black, brown, yellow, to red in color.
  • large in size (1/4-3/8 inch)
  • more active at night


  • moist environments such as rotting or damp wood
  • hollowed out wood (hollow door)
  • window sills
  • facia boards

Geographic Location

  • Most of US
  • Florida Carpenter Ants
    • Southeast Coastal Plain of US

Treatment Methods

1. Baiting

  • Find the trail
  • Apply both sweet and a protein bait to the trail
  • Carpenter ants go on both sweet and protein cycles so it is important to treat for both

-Why bait?

  • only treating indoors
  • can not spray around the perimeter of your structure
  • easy to apply

2. Spraying Non-Repellent Insecticides

  • apply to the perimeter of your structure
  • two feet up and two feet out from the base your structure
  • apply around any entry point (door frame, window sill, AC unit, etc.)

-Why spray?

  • the most effective at eliminating and preventing Carpenter Ant problem
  • Longer residual

3. Hollow Spaces and Walls

  • look for damage in areas such as window sills, hollow doors, behind baseboards and other hollow areas
  • drill holes (2-6 feet) on either side of nest and apply your dust, aerosol or foam
  • do not use insecticides in voids

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  1. Phantom  II Aerosol

    Phantom Pressurized Aerosol Spray delivers the power and effectiveness of Phantom Insecticide in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol can with an active ingredient Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom Aerosol by BASF has changed to "Phantom II", with the same active ingredient, Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom II now has less odor.

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  2. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel

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    The Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait has been discontinued. We suggest using the Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait instead.

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  3. Non Repellent Ant  Kit -Taurus SC and Spectre Aerosol

    Taurus SC may be used outside with around the perimeter and possible entry points (windows and doors). The Spectre Aerosol, with its crack and crevice tool, may be used inside for ant control.

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  4. Dominion 2L - 27.5 oz.

    Starting at: $25.75

    Active ingredient in Dominion 2L is Imidacloprid 21.4 which is a neonicotinoid, which is a class of neuro-active insecticides modeled after nicotine.

    Dominion 2L Insecticide (Imidacloprid 21.4)

    Dominion 2L is one of the most versatile, effective, and economical insecticides on the market. Dominion 2L contains imidacloprid which is a non-repellent. We have recommended it for years against termites and ants, and it continues to prove effective. Ants and termites can't detect the Dominion 2L Insecticide, so they crawl through it, and unknowingly track it back to the nest. Once there it eliminates the entire colony. For termite control, an average house would need 100 gallon yield, using 4 gallons per 10 linear feet. The exterior perimeter label of Dominion 2L which allows you to focus your treatments where termite infestations are most likely to occur .

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  5. Advance 375A Select Ant Bait -8 oz and 2lb containers

    Starting at: $25.30

    Advance 375A Ant Bait is a ready-to-use product for use in controlling Carpenter Ants, Fire Ants, Pharoah Ants, Odorous Ants, House Ants and other ants both indoors and outdoors. This bait formulation in Advance 375 A Select combines a bait mixture of foods and the delayed action insecticide, abamectin.

    This protein-based bait ant bait acts to reduce the population of worker ants and can cause immediate halt in egg production resulting in colony elimination.

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  6. Optigard Ant Bait Gel (thiamethoxam)

    Optigard Ant Bait Gel is a powerful, slow acting non-repellent. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, knocks out workers, brood, and queens. Optigard is for indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants; excluding fire, harvester, and Pharaoh ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel doesn't have the unsightly yellowish-brown color or the runny inconsistency of other baits.

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  7. DIY Carpenter Ant Bait Kit

    Two types of baits to use for carpenter ants. The Advance 375 A Select Bait may be used for other ants as well and will feed their protein requirements. The Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel is an excellent bait to feed their sugar requirements and is fast acting. The ants will either take one or the other, depending on the needs of that certain ant colony.

    Taurus SC  is the preferred choice of insecticide, because it is a non repellent insecticide. Because the ants can't detect it, they don't avoid it, tracking it back to the nest. Taurus SC is to be used outside only.

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  8. Carpenter Ant Bait Combo

    Starting at: $55.81

    Combine the two most effective baits for carpenter ant control. The Advance 375A is a granulated bait that provides the protein/grease dietary needs. The Fleet Ant Bait Gel supplies the sugar/sweet nutritional needs. Locate carpenter ant trails and place both baits on their trails. The best time to find carpenter ant trails is at sunset or night. You will find them traveling on the corners and edges of your house.

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  9. Taurus SC 20 oz

    Starting at: $43.50

    Taurus SC Insecticide and Termiticide with 9.1 % Fipronil has the same active ingredient and label as the well known Termidor SC. Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide labeled for termite treatments and home perimeter treatments. Since Taurus is a non-repellent, the insects do not know it is there, so they don't make attempts to avoid it. They will cross over it, and consume or spread Taurus SC throughout the entire colony. It is a water-based suspension concentrate for pre and post-construction termite applications, and to control perimeter pests.

    Taurus SC will exterminate termite colonies in a little as 3 months on average. As an ant control product it is proven to be a very effective ant killer working in just a couple of weeks.

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  10. Maxforce Fleet

    Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel with Fipronil provides a long-lasting, and fast choice for ant control. Maxforce Fleet is a carbohydrate-based gel with a high moisture content that gets rid of ants within 3-5 days. If the ants prefer a protein-based bait, they may ignore this bait.

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