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Posted by Susan on 18:10:03 7/20/2009 from 98.243.20.213:

We had a log cabin built last spring in Traverse City, MI area. This is a vacation home for us, so we are usually there every other weekend for a few days. Just this past weekend when we arrived there were carpenter ants on the first floor in various locations (by the front door, the deck door, in the kitchen on the floor, and in the basement.) The majority were in the basement, probably 200 - 250 ants in the 2 days we were there. Many were dead. We sucked them up in the shop vac, and my husband set off bombs in the basement when we left and sprinkled Sevin granuals around the base of the home(this was before I read your site). Anyway, we were unable to determine where they were coming from. We are on 8 acres and there are several tree stumps and wood. We did detect the ants crawling on the rocks around the base of the home and a few scatter in various spots on the bond board at the base of the home. This is covered with house wrap and we still need to finish this off with rock. Could this number of ants be just coming in from the outside, or do you think we have a nest in the board around the base of the foundation? My husband is heading back up north now to see how things are progressing and he bought ant bait in hopes of locating the nest(s). We don't have any leaks and all wood is dry to our knowledge. Up to this point we have never had any bugs in the home. As recent as last weekend there were no ants in the home. So this was a dramatic change.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Susan



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