Posted by Cindy on 10:58:35 6/28/2009 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Log home and ants posted by Cindy on 14:52:06 6/16/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
Me again. I've been watching and waiting to see what shows up. We've seen the occasional large carpenter ant in the house - in various spots, not concentrated but we see them quite regularly in and around the back deck. We've also come home late in the evening and seen 3-4 running around on the deck. I presume we have a high population in the area, which isn't that surprising considering we live in the woods. I also wonder if they like the deck for some reason. I think it's pressure treated so I can't imagine them nesting in it, but perhaps under it? We've done a walkabout at dusk with a flashlight and seen NO activity on the walls of the house (but later at night we see more on the deck). We've removed any and all brush and debris that is up against the house.
I worry more because the previous owners found a nest when they were replacing an old window and, as far as we can determine (from neighbours, we haven't talked to them direclty) that they had seen no signs of carpenter ants in the home before that.
You also say on your site, in various places, that log homes are problem.
My direct question is, have you discovered problems in a log home without seeing the 50-100 ants inside and around the structure? Should we be seeing evidence?
This house is only half log (the bottom half, the top is cedar shingle) and needs a lot of TLC in the coming years to restore it and we're staring with a new roof this summer to help with leaky issues from the top.
I'm wondering if I should have a pest company in to spray it as a precaution?
I am just unsure of this place now and want to gain some confidence back...
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