Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:33:24 7/7/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants-Michigan posted by Pam on 23:45:50 7/6/2009 from 184.108.40.206:
You've been listening to too many "big" companies.... You won't get "structural damage" from CAs, you would get it from OUTRAGEOUS water problems you just couldn't ignore. And finding one "big" CA in a house means what the "big" company guy wants it to mean. In this instance, he just wants to scare you into some program that will line his pockets and empty yours. You're panicking right into his pocket. Relax. Take some time off from the exterminator and the panic.
Start an activity log - so that over time, you'll have a better idea of what's going on.
Forget the "dust in the walls" crap. In a 2005 house in Michigan, with insulated walls, how far do you think that dust is gonna go? It's a make-work project that (you guessed it) puts YOUR money in HIS pocket. Now, if you KNEW the ants were in THAT wall, yes, you could do that and very possibly end the problem - as long as the problem wasn't complicated by a moisture problem, in which case, the water/moisture problem is what needs to be addressed.
Ants are bad this year... Almost everywhere, if all my exterminator friends are right. So you have to weed out the "occasional invader" problem from the real problems.
Crazy weather this year, I think you'll have to agree. Might be part of the problem. And if you're seeing THAT many on the outside, you have to expect to see some on the inside. Keep your bathrooms well-ventilated, keep the doors open (except when in use) and make sure tthe toilet(s) are not leaking at the wax seal - they might seem "loose."
So you need to keep that log for a few weeks, see what's going on, perhaps, and quit panicking. An inside/outside treatment with Termidor/Phantom is what I usually recommend for things like this, but not with any of the biggies. They charge too much, if they want to do it at all - they usually want the "contract" thingie, so they can put you on a wallet-draining scare program.
Not sure if I know anyone near you, where are you? (City)
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