Have you heard of the compact carpenter ant?

Have you heard of compact carpenter ant? Maybe you have but probably you haven’t since their common name is still unofficial. The compact carpenter ant is primarily an arboreal species who are recognized as a structural pest. They are a smaller, more “compact” carper ant closely related to the Florida carpenter ant. They are often found with close proximity to them.

At the current time the compact carpenter ant is found mostly in south Florida although they seem to be traveling northward. In fact, they are only two counties away (south of us) in the Tampa area. Indeed, they are growing in population and range.

The good news is the compact carpenter ant is being treated the same as other carpenter ants. This is in contrast to the Argentine ant so it should be viewed as positive.

Prevention of carpenter ants is achieved through a combination of repellent sprays, keeping gutters clean of leaves and other debris, keeping shrubs and trees trimmed back and away from the structure, having tree stumps grinded completely down to the grade, keeping grass trimmed down  and weeds pulled out and keeping water away from the foundation of any structure. Many of the rules for termite prevention also apply to carpenter ants. Also keep in mind that when you see a carpenter ant running through your house it can be coming from a nest approximately fifty yards away. This is often the case when living next to wooded areas.

When it comes to carpenter ant control, identifying the species is of vital importance. The satellite nests can be found, treated and eliminated but if the mother nest is not destroyed the problem will not be solved. This can be frustrating but you must trace the ants back to their main nest to fully eradicate the colony. Both baiting and spraying with either a repellent and non-repellent(depending on where you are spaying and the situation) can be used as and be part of an effective strategy for control. Budding is also possible to some extent so one must have an understanding of the difference between a repellent and non-repellent spray. The general rule of thumb would be that when dealing with an infestation use a non-repellent. In the case of prevention, you can use a repellent which is what we’re going to be talking about next.


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