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Ants eating mortar?????


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Posted by Ruthie on 2:02:52 11/17/2009 from 71.239.255.44:

Hello, and thank you for all the information that you have shared. I have read many of the other questions and found your answers to be very informative. Unfortunately I havenít found a situation similar to ours.
Our house is 130 years old and has been in the family for 30 years. This summer we noticed numerous areas in the basement that look like ant hills. After inspecting the piles more closely I believe they are actually small piles of mortar. At the time we did not notice any insects. A month or so later we saw near the floor of the basement in an opening that previously had a gas pipe in it (but has been removed) hundreds of winged ants. The ants have spontaneously disappeared (or seem to have) but the piles of mortar seem to mount up. I have called several exterminator companies for an estimate. They all tell me it canít possibly be carpenter ants or termites because they only like wood. Although they canít tell me what I am dealing with they give me a quote over the phone and say they will come treat the problem. How can they treat a problem if they donít know what the problem is? It seemed fishy to me so I am in search of answers. My other concerns are as follows: My husband has survived metastatic testicular cancer and only has one lung and we have a two year old with virgin lungs. I donít want to spray anything that they may inhale or that may be harmful to them if at all possible. Also, we are working within a fixed budget. As you can imagine, a 130 year old house has turned into quite the money pit. Any advice?????



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