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Posted by Michele on 2:14:27 3/31/2009 from 24.165.145.10:

Hi John,
First of all let me say thanks, you have helped me tremendously over the years.
Here is my question, we are going to have to remove a cluster of trees (8-9 trees) that are only about 10 ft. from our house. One tree already fell with the high winds over the winter, the rest don't look very good either, so they have to go, or the next one my end up on our house. I KNOW there are carpenter ant colonies in these trees, probably several of them. Of course I am nervous when the trees are taken down, the ants will start swarming towards or in the our very nearby house. We are not keeping the wood, but it may take several days for all the wood to be cut up and hauled away.
They weather is warming up here in Ohio (50's-60's day, about 10 degrees cooler at night), so they may start being very active. Is there anything I can do to prevent the ants from invading the house? Should I put out ant bait before the trees are cut down? Is it still too early for that (weatherwise)? Spray around the perimeter of the house? Or just keep my fingers crossed they head the other way? What would you suggest?
Thanks in advance.



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