Posted by Kristine on 10:40:24 5/26/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Easiest fix is... posted by John Fasoldt on 5:49:12 5/23/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
We went to the cottage again this weekend.
There were *no* ants (dead or alive) laying/crawling in the bottom of the wastebasket in one of the upstairs bedrooms (we emptied it out twice last weekend). There were two smaller, dead winged ants on a dresser, and one very large winged, barely alive ant on the main floor. There was also a large, wingless black ant in our bed (!) - the nerve! It was dead and in pieces, so I suspect it may have been there last weekend already, sleeping with us unawares. Well, at least *we* were unaware of *it*. :)
Other than that, no sigh of ants. It was a cold and rainy weekend, as opposed to last weekend (which was hot and muggy).
The sounds in our bedroom wall were MUCH quieter as well. Last weekend, they (assuming ants) were keeping me awake with all of their clicking (and with worries of what kind of structural damage they may be causing!), and now this weekend, we could hardly hear them. It was all I could do to keep my husband from tearing the wall open, shop vac in hand, to see what was going on in there.
Is the weather affecting them? Might they be leaving? :) Should we be seeing more live ants if they are a serious problem (although the number of potential queens that have shown up inside does concern me...)?
As far as leaving windows open...this cabin is a tad too "rustic" for that to be an option. We'd have other creatures entering and making it their home, methinks. The screens are not creature-proof, much less insect-proof.
And yes, we empty our water lines every fall...we just put water into the house, and the lines are on the inside the cupboards (not in the walls), which is perhaps a good thing as far as carpenter ants are concerned. We have no dishwasher, washer or dryer out there (like I said, it's rustic). My sense is that the windows are the biggest problem, although why we have (what I presume to be) carpenter ants in a wall WITHOUT a window, I can't say.
My husband really doesn't want to fumigate (he just wants to vacuum). I just want whatever is making the noise in my wall to leave.
Any thoughts/gut feelings on this? Do you make house calls to Canada? :)
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