How can I get rid of carpenter ants?
June 2, 2008 11:37 PM Subscribe
My apartment is being overrun by carpenter ants that won't go away. How can I get rid of them?
posted by mithiirym to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
First, understand that I'm from Los Angeles and I never saw a single carpenter ant for thirty years until I moved to New York state. When I first saw one of these monstrous mutants ants (oh, and freakish centipedes as well), I freaked out. I thought they were coming from the window sills at first, so I sealed them with tape and I thought it was working. Well, they're back and in larger numbers. They often play dead, they carry off their dead brethren, they keep growing larger, and they crawl all over me! I've tried little bait stations but they had no effect. My girlfriend decided to use ground pepper to control them, but I highly doubt that will do anything. So, what's the secret to eradicating these large, hideous beasts?