It's not necessary to poison your pets and drive the family out of the house for a week to get rid of carpenter ants.
Just mix up a batch of 4 ounces of cherry or grape jelly in 3 tablespoons of canned cat food and 1 tablespoon of boric acid. Place small amounts of the batch in any location that ants frequent. The ant who finds the food will take it to their leader (queen) and the colony will be eliminated.
A termite can live up to the ripe old age of 50!!!