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Posted by Tym K on 22:53:21 5/8/2009 from 98.109.161.183:

Hey John! I'd swear our contact is a yearly occurance, and I am once again forced to thank you in advance for not just the tremendous resource you have in your explanation pages, but in your constant diligence on the message boards, giving free advice to everyone. If only the lawyer I'm about to see next week would offer a free initial consultation, but that's not why I'm posting.

I'll keep it brief, I came home from watching the new Star Trek flick (great movie, by the way, whether a fan of the series or not), and decided to check on my deck, since I just installed a new motion light outside. The light turns on as I go up the stairs and what do I see? My deck covered in carpenter ants. Ok, well "covered" is an exaggeration, they had a trail going up my stairs, along the railing, and then cutting across at one point to my house, going into a crack where the deck comes up to the house. Easily 200+, it was like a black line of moving parts. Now, I had seen carpenter ants in years past, some here, some there, and knew they were getting to that spot, but it was never in that magnitude before, and I never was able to see where they were inside (looking from the basement shows nothing, so I suspect they're in the wall or insulation - there is no known water issue). I always thought they were living in the house, but as I follow the trail, I see, rtight at the base of the stairs to the deck, is a tree that is textbook carpenter ant home. Idon't know how I missed it these last 3 years, but it was loaded with just a million ants.

So of course, I grab the four letter word can. Fear not, I did not spray the tree. I simply sprayed the ant path, the entry point to the house, and sprayed a blockade between the colony and the deck, with an outlet to the rest of the backyard and other yummy trees (until it rains again). It was more to make me feel better right now, I know it's not a permanent solution.

My question is, should the tree go, since it's so close to the house and clearly a nice comfy home for them? I know these buggers are in every tree, I just want them feeding on all the lovely things in my yard, not my house.

As always, thanks in advance, John. I still have those 2 squirrel traps that, fortunately, have not seen much use in the past year. They now remind me of past successes :).



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