December 21st 2010 06:47 pm

Found a cluster of Carpenter Ants in my bedroom, at least 100. They appeared to come out of nowhere. Why?

I came into my bedroom and found a cluster of ants in the corner of my room. There were at least 100 and they seemed to come out of nowhere. I see a few ants everyday, but not this many. Why are they there?

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  1. tracy on 21 Dec 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    hey there.. 10+ yrs pest control exp.. here.

    first,, the first girl is right,.. you have to find that moisture problem.. and the REAL reason you see them is not ‘follow the leader’ *thats cute. but they are foraging (for food/water).. unfortunately they like ALL bugs follow the first light they see. this light is actually ultra violet. to this is why they are attracted to white/light areas. so a lot of times they get caught inside the home. they do not want to be there. same reason why a wasp, bee or fly is constantly around your windows during the day.

    next.. to ‘really’ determine they are carpenter ants.. do you see any holes in the areas you see the ants,… they would look like perfect drill holes, as if you were to drive a finish nail in and pull it out… HENCE the name carpenter ant… **same at the carpenter bee**

    carpenter ants DO NOT eat the wood as most seem to think.. like the termite… they drill perfect holes and borough to place their egg.

    just a little CORRECT info.

    10 more dollars if its a bay window.

    or the wall is where a full bath is…

    come one tell im the best answer.. tell me im right..

    OH OH… I FORGOT.. carpenter ants are mostly entered by over hanging tree limbs.. so .. if you have ANY tree limbs touching the roof.. cut them back.. and last…CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS..LMAO.

  2. Adult American on 21 Dec 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    The ants follow the leader. The first ant leaves a scent trail for the others to follow so besides getting rid of them you need to erase the trail. In order to get rid of them you have to kill them by sending the leaders back to the nest with a poison bait, spraying poison inside where you see them will only kill them when they are already inside. It is better to get them before that. Different ants eat different baits so you have to find the bait for your ant.

    Carpenter ants also thrive in moist damp rotting wood. To find them constantly in one place would indicate that there is a leak or standing water that is causing wood rot in your walls or if it is an outside wall perhaps there is a host near the base of the house.

    Take time to check to see if there is a leak at a nearby window or perhaps in the roof. Where there are invaders, there is a reason they invade. The dual combination of bait and removing the attractant is the only way to keep them away for good.

  3. arizonakal on 21 Dec 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    Are you absolutely sure they are Carpenter Ants?? If they are, they can be very destructive so I suggest you start hunting them down. Look for moisture and wood. You might be better off getting a professional to come out and take care of them for you. Don’t let them hang around too long.

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