Posted by John Fasoldt on 21:26:41 5/19/2009 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: diatomacious queen- self proclaimed posted by April Barker on 20:54:56 5/19/2009 from 22.214.171.124:
Here again, I would recommend the Termidor/Phantom treatment... Especially up where you are, and where the ants can come in droves and are often a bit more vicious than our (more-or-less) docile northeastern carpenter ants. (See the posts to Amber immediately below yours, regarding the T/P treatment.)
As far as the DE is concerned, I think you'll need a bit more help that it can give you. BTW, if it is PURE DE, when it dries out it will again regain it's action, mild as it may be. DE is often blended with other agents which are just as often disabled completely by moisture. Although I have occasionally used it, it is a rare occasion.... It just isn't powerful enough and the insects learn to avoid it. When I use it, it is mixed (usually) with one of the pyroids, and I use it as a flushing agent that will leave the DE in place as a help in the future. Besides, both are expensive.
The butcher block, when dried out, will offer the ants plenty of places to inhabit. I would suggest a final finish that seals all these cracks, perhaps a polyurethane of some sort.
I think, before you did anything expensive, I would spring for the T/P treatment, stand back for awhile and assess the results. The amount of ants you describe seeing are borderline background. And the T/P treatment might also eliminate those. Give it a shot!
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