Posted by Matt on 1:36:35 6/4/2008 from 18.104.22.168:
John, I live in Massachusetts and my wife and I bought a home last year. When we both the house, as a precautionary measure, we did a termite treatment with a reputable company who have always been very good, never do anything unnecessary, and who are always reasonably priced.
Before we bought the house, we found out that while having some work done, the previous owners had found a carpenter ant nest under the siding of the house. The siding is a wood composite that can absorb moisture if not kept well painted. I guess the got rid of the nest (not sure if they used a shop vac or what) and everything was fine.
I occasionally go outside at night in the spring and summer and poke around the outside of the house, making sure we don't have any pest problems. We have never once found a single ant inside the house in the year we've been here. Tonight I was poking around and found quite a few (probably 30-40) carpenter ants on the house, crawling along the foundation and up the side of the house. They were very spread out...I found a few on each side of the house...but they didn't seem to really be coming from one particular place. I didn't once witness them coming out of a crevice or hole in the time I spent outside. Should this be a concern or is this normal for spring/summer time?
It might be that there is a nest in the wood fence surrounding the property. It isn't in very good shape, has a lot of moisture damage, and we are going to have it replaced next year. I found it difficult to track these ants, like I said, to any one place. They didn't seem to be doing a terribly good job of foraging. We also have some wood mulch along the front of the house where I found the majority of the ants.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Like I said, we haven't yet (cross my fingers) seen a single ant of any kind in the house (except for one I let in the front door tonight). I just want to know what is normal for this time of year.
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