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Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:04:38 3/5/2009 from 24.0.128.169:

In reply to: Re: carpenter ants posted by cristine smith on 19:19:34 3/4/2009 from 76.6.50.76:

In MY experience the T/P treatment always works - for some length of time anyway - usually for the season. Sometimes longer. And where is your place? (City, state, zip)

No, you don't have to spray EVERY log on the inside, unless the wood is ALL covered up, no prep is really necessary. That closet where you observed the problem, should be emptied out, and all other closets that have that same problem.

BTW, when you are NOT there, you should leave everything OPEN. All the closets, all the cabinets, all interior doors should be left open - so that the entire house is acclimated to the same temperature and humidity. Leave everything cocked open - including dishwashers, washers, dryers - EVERYTHING.

Actually, (although I realize that this is impossible) even windows should be left open - so that the house acclimates properly. Naturally, you can't do that, you'd have ALL KINDS of unwanted visitors! But sometimes, depending on the hose, you could leave upstairs windows cracked open a bit, but secured against unwanted entry.

Most of the sprays (actually all) that you purchase OTC are repellants - so oftentimes what happens is that you trap the ants INSIDE, thus actually making the problem worse.

Do you have a picture of the house/property?

---John



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