Posted by John Fasoldt on 8:58:04 1/25/2009 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants under leaking toilet posted by Keith on 1:22:21 1/25/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
Well, it sounds like you did all the right things. Except for (maybe) the bug spray....
You will need to make sure the leak is fixed. Once that happens, any ants that are left will have an absolute minimum of moisture available and you should no longer have the problem. CAs are (mostly) a result of moisture problems, so once that is rectified, the chance of ongoing CA problems are really minimal.
And, as you've said, inspecting finished areas is really a crap-shoot anyway. I have seen serious CA infestations missed by even good inspectors. It's just that when you have a pest inspection, it gives you someone to fall back on, someone that (presumably) will feel compelled to help you out, often for free or at a reduced rate. At least that's the way we work it here.
As far as what's in those "other areas," that's also a crap-shoot. If it's a finished area, it's probably going to be hard to tell. And most exterminators, hearing your story, are going to be reluctant to give a clean bill of health without recommending some kind of treatment, necessary or not. Personally, I would recommend you do nothing unless you actually discover activity - and then "treatment" may only consist of the shop-vac and the moisture remediation. It's up to you as to whether you use an exterminator or not. It is really difficult to get one (especially in these hard economic times!) that will tell you what I just told you.... They want the business and they need the money! (Hey! We do too, it's just that I like to sleep at night!)
So I would hold off until (or unless) you find signs of problems elsewhere.
Hope this helps.
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