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Posted by marc on 9:52:46 7/2/2009 from 67.204.21.148:

Hi there,
Your site is great. thanks for the info.

We moved here in 2004. Montreal, quebec (north-east). A 1959 house with mature trees, a couple of maples 20 feet from foundation. At back of property, many large trees, mainly manitoba maples and maples.

Activity seems to be mostly in the back (where all the trees and neighbor trees are)

I don`t think we noticed many or any ants inside the house until spring 07. What changed since 2007? I piled up some wood from trees that came down (manitoba maples that notoriously grow poorly and in multiple directions) on the right side of house near or against foundation and have not had a chance to burn, although most activity does not appear to be coming from that side. Wood has been there for a couple of years. Should I get rid of the wood? I guess I should at least move it further away and check the whole area...

My closest neighbour told me the other day that previous owners had done treatments before. She said they had never noticed any in their house.

In March and April mostly the last 2 or 3 years, we have seen I would say 5 ants roaming around main floor average per day (max 10), then much less. In June, hardly any, 1 or 2 inside a week or less.

I was concerned when I saw one ant outside back up into a brick hole, carrying a piece of something, presumably for the nest. This was the first time I saw an ant going into a small hole in brick with something it was carrying.

Now I am more concerned since becoming more knowledgeable and noticing flying individuals going into holes in brick once in a while again in the back, higher up, like at height or main floor ceiling. Maybe this has been hapening for a while and I have never noticed, but my assumption is that these guys are not just walking around foraging like the non-flying ones. (although I have seen a couple that try a few holes.)

I have closed the holes but there are quite a few holes but I want to seal up all cracks and holes. Is this the smart thing to do (can they still get out, or will they just die off). Fortunately, the holes are all visible and should be accessible, above the foundation.

The other thing is that I have 30 yr old siding, wide planks. Could this be attractive. On the surface, it looks old and we will be changing for PVC, but I don`t see any rot per se, and certainly the inside walls don`t show any damage or mold, but we haven`t torn them apart.

Most of the crawling ants have been observed at the main level towards the backof the house. Needless to say, with all the old trees around here, the house is smack in their environment...

Finally, the other day we saw a really big one on the basement dryer, much bigger by far than any other we have seen, and slow moving. How it even got into the house is weird unless he grew up here, but that would mean there are other huge ones (yes I am sure it was an ant).

Otherwise, have not seen any in visible areas in the basement, i.e. open ceiling near back in furnace room.

Also, I was in the attic in october, adding bulk insulation, and crawled around quite a bit, did not see any insects, but it was already quite cold.

- Should I plug up any holes in brick with caulk, or something else
- I saw a big one in the basement moving really slow (first time seen in basement). The furnace room is open ceiling and I see no sign of ants, moisture or sawdust
- Should I be conerned seeing ants trying to get into what seem like familiar holes to them in brick
- What about the occasional flyers that are trying to get into holes in brick. Is this a bad sign.

thanks for your insight.

Marc



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