Posted by Bruce on 9:17:17 6/5/2008 from 126.96.36.199:
Last summer I noticed a few large black ants throughout our house. I investigated by trying to follow them...inside and outside. I found a concentration of activity on the north side of the house and proceeded to try to caulk up areas where there were minor cracks in the stucco that they appeared to enter. I ended up caulking every conceivable place where ants could enter. I am unaware of any water related problems in the house structure. This appeared to clear up the problem and I no longer see ANY ants outside around the house....however, this spring we continue to see isolated ants occasionally..so they're getting in somewhere. This morning at 3:30 one crawled over my face in bed and I've been pouring over the ANT sites all morning. I would say that we see, on average, one ant per day and most days do not see any. We are certain they are not getting their food source within the house (ie: sugar, honey, etc.) in any way. How long do individual ants live? How do they winter in a sub freezing climate such as Minnesota. Some of these ants are very big and some are not. What is the easiest way to identify them as carpenter ants and not some other species? Do you recommend trying to entice them by using tuna in water as a bait and then trying to follow them to the general area that they inhabit? Your website certainly has helped to calm me, but I still don't want a nest in my house, if there is one.
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