Posted by Rachel on 8:48:53 5/12/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
I'm in Northern California (I know, really far from you all, but I can't find any other place to ask!).
I moved into a rental cottage, constructed of wood, about a month ago. It's a studio, and the inside is all wood paneling.
I've seen a good handful of carpenter ants each day since I moved in. I kill them when I see them. I keep the place clean, though there is cat food out and there's trash and recycling bins in the kitchen. Oddly I've NEVER seen one in the kitchen (that and the bathroom have regular painted walls). They're always on the walls - the paneled ones.
The past several nights my two cats have been keeping me up because they're going nuts meowing at and scratching at this one particular area on the wall. Tonight I stayed up all night, to see if I could hear what they hear, and it's sort of a crinkly noise, like rustling. There's also a slight buzzing.
Could this be carpenter ants?
There are lots of old trees around, two that hang over the house.
I'm renting, but from a family member, and I don't want to alarm them unnecessarily. They do spray every month or so around the cottage and the main house here. There is no ant problem in the main house at all, but it's set a little ways from mine.
I'd like to try something on my own, but if there's structural damage in the walls something will have to be done and I don't know how to tell. I also have the two cats, so it has to be something they can be around.
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