Carpets don’t attract ants. Ants don’t eat your carpet either.
But what’s lying on the carpet or the rug can easily attract ants.
These ants that you see on the carpet are carpenter ants common in many homes.
So, why ants show up on your carpet?
Food leftovers, droppings of milk, fruit juices, and sugar on the carpet attract ants.
Cracks on your home’s floor or walls also allow the ants to come out from there to raid your carpet.
But it’s easy to get rid of them. Let’s check out how to remove ants from carpet.
Use Ant Baits To Kill The Ants Away From Your Carpet
Ant baits work exceptionally well to get rid of the ants from your carpet.
The baits attract the ants, and they carry the baits to their nests.
After eating the baits in their nests, the ants die.
The good thing about using an ant bait is that you won’t see any dead ant bodies lying on the floor.
But keep the ant baits around the carpet rather than on the carpet.
It’s because if there are food droppings on the carpet, the food droppings will attract the ants more than the ant bait.
Will the ant baits attract more ants to your carpet?
No, ant baits won’t attract more ants.
They’ll only work on the ants that are already in your home.
Ants carry the ant baits back to their nests, which cause mass extermination in their colonies.
You can place the ant baits in all the familiar places where you’ve observed ant infestations – like the kitchen sink, cabinets, carpet, under the sofa.
Use Ant Carpet Powder If There Are Too Many Ants On Your Carpet
Do you see swarms of ants on your carpet? If yes, then that’s a severe infestation.
Baits won’t work in this case because you need to act fast.
The best solution is to use anti ant carpet powder.
Anti-ant carpet powder is an insecticide, but it’s in the powder form.
Sprinkle the anti-ant powder evenly on the carpet. Then wait for 30-60 minutes.
All the ants will die on the carpet, or they’ll leave your carpet immediately to die somewhere else.
Use your vacuum to clean the carpet of the dead bodies of the ants.
But, when you sprinkle the powder, don’t do it with bare hands. Wear a glove.
Keep children and pets away from the carpet till you’ve vacuumed the carpet.
Use Baking Soda On The Carpet For Getting Rid Of The Ants
Did you know that baking soda is also an effective ant killer? And you can easily find it in your kitchen pantry.
Using baking soda is a non-toxic and all-natural way to get rid of the ants on the carpet.
All you need to do is mix equal parts of baking soda and sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture across the carpet.
Does baking soda kill carpenter ants? Yes, baking soda kill carpenter ants.
The sugar in the mixture attracts the ants.
The baking soda in the sugar bloats the ants’ stomach causing it to explode. But baking soda isn’t effective to pests like bed bugs.
Though there’s no scientific evidence to prove this method, there’re a lot of DIYers who use this method, and they’ve got great results.
Another great way to use baking soda to get rid of carpenter ants from your carpet is to mix it with either boric powder or diatomaceous earth.
Diatomaceous earth is also an excellent solution for getting rid of cockroaches.
The method is the same, mix equal parts of baking soda and boric acid powder or diatomaceous earth. Then sprinkle the mixture across the carpet.
But remember, the boric acid powder is toxic. Both children and pets should avoid the carpet till you’ve vacuumed the carpet.
Does Vinegar Kill Carpenter Ants on Your Carpet?
No, vinegar doesn’t kill carpenter ants. Vinegar, especially white vinegar, is an excellent ant repellent rather than an ant killer.
We don’t recommend using vinegar on the carpet.
Vinegar is an acid that can damage your carpet, especially when your carpet is made of cotton, wool, fur, or silk.
It would be best not to use any liquid to get rid of the ants from your carpet.
But you can use white vinegar to clean your floor to keep the ants away.
Mix some white vinegar with water before you mop the floor with it. It’ll act as a good ant repellent.
Does Cornstarch Kill Ants?
It’s a big myth that cornstarch kills ants. Cornstarch doesn’t kill ants. In fact, it attracts ants.
Many people will sprinkle cornstarch on their carpets only to see the opposite effect. It attracts ants rather than killing them.
Don’t use cornstarch on your carpet to kill the ants. It’s a wrong approach.
What’s The Long Term Solution To Get Rid Of The Ants?
If you’re having a severe ant-infestation, then taking the help of a pest control specialist is a long-term solution, of course.
But you can also do your bit to tackle the problem if you see ants showing up in your home often.
Ants don’t make nests inside your home.
Generally, they come from your garden or yard.
Look for ants’ nests in your yard.
You will find them near your doors or windows because they can’t stay far away from your home if you see them inside your home often.
You can also find ants, especially fire ants, in your grass lawn.
Spot their nests and use ant powder or boric acid powder on the nests.
It’s an excellent way to get rid of the ants straight from their source.
Ants showing up on your carpet can be a common sight if there’re food, milk, or sugary juices droppings on your carpet.
You can get rid of these ants from your carpet by using three easy ways:
- Ant baits
- Ant carpet powder
- Baking soda mixed with any one of sugar, boric acid powder, or diatomaceous earth.
But how do ants appear from nowhere in your home? Check our post here to know more.
We are Mark and Jim. We dabbled with bugs and pests for most of our lives. And we provide information and hacks that work in making your home pest free.