Posted by Steffie on 23:30:12 6/18/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
I found an exterminator locally that uses Termidor and Phantom and they said they would have to send out an inspector first to look around. I told them the lawn guy was going to prune and put more stones around the house and also mulch so they said to wait until that is done and then call them back. I now have CA, pavement and pharoeh ants (I think)- very tiny. The pavement and pharoeh are outside except I saw 2 pharoeh in the house so far. I squirted them with vinegar and water and let them go.
In the meantime I decided to try Clorox Clean Up Spray on the CA as I know vinegar and water would do nothing to them. I didn't want to kill them, just burn their rear a bit so they would go home to Momma about what a terrible place it is inside my house. Well, it took practice because I killed a lot but then learned the right sprinkle. They stood on their hind legs and staggered around and took off kind of walking funny -- hopefully not too disoriented to get home. I went from 25 - 30 CA per day to 8 and then 2 and today and tonight absolutely none, even in the basement. I may only have to have the outside of the house done with Termidor if this keeps up.
However, when the lawn guys come and disturb everything around the house I bet I see them inside again. In the meantime, do you think it is just a coincidence and they were not planning to be here permanently? I just found out my next door neighbor sprayed up a storm on the inside and outside of his house just about the time I got hit with them -- hmmmmm, wonder if that had anything to do with it. Too bad I can't collect a few and bring them back over but that place is probably so fumigated the CAs would run right back here. Will let you know if my house is invaded again when those guys come at the end of next week. Then I can make an appointment for the exterminator to come inspect. They said they could not give me a quote over the phone without looking at the problem which I suppose makes sense and I just may have a problem again inside after next week. The CAs are still walking around on the outside of the house and I saw one go in next to the chimney (which should have flashing lol). By the way, I have been taping up my dryer door at night as I hate the thought of any ants getting in there. Have you ever heard of ants in a dryer, at least any of my 3 lots and do you think the pruning, etc. will make things worse for me as they will be disturbed but it has to be done - also want those stones by the foundation where there are none and the mulch pulled away from the foundation ASAP.
Thanks..................I see you laughing at me armed with my Clorox Clean Up spray bottle.
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