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Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:54:17 5/14/2008 from 24.0.128.169:

In reply to: Carpenter Ant Nests posted by Lisa on 17:17:42 5/14/2008 from 64.25.135.64:

Really? I'm surprised... That wouldn't float here in New Joisey.

I don't think it's necessary, that's quite a distance and there's likely one closer anyway, one that you might not see.

And with 40-50 inside, you're approaching the place where you would be justified doing something about it.

If this only happens in the spring, maybe it's an outside nest very close to the house. An application of the Termidor/Phantom combination would most likely take care of this condition.

Of course, you could also have a nest on the INSIDE, meaning inside a wall, or even a nest in the neglected gutters, that are holding a lot of organic debris. I have cleaned gutters on my own house and disturbed nests of ants MULTIPLE times. And I have to tell you that I often see foraging CAs on the inside, in the spring. Usually it is only a few, maybe 2, 3 or 4 at a time, not usually more. And I wouldn't treat my own home for something like that, because I know it's temporary.

I would study the suggestions on my CA page (above) give it a little while to see what's going on, keep a log of what you are seeing and doing, and ten, perhaps, in the meantime, you can discover if there is a nest and where it is.

After all that, you can decide to treat or not to treat. Also in the meantime, you can get on the horn, call a few of the local guys, and see what's available. You would want a one-time treatment, inside and outside, using Termidor and Phantom, and unless your house is some kind of castle, you should pay somewhere around 200 bucks.

Take your time. This is NOT an emergency procedure.

---John



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