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Posted by Daniel K on 12:42:23 2/10/2010 from 209.233.252.12:

Hello,

I found this wonderful site while doing some research of the ant problem I might be having.

Since I had to move out of my last apartment from heavy ant infestation (crawling on me while I'm asleep, inside the microwave, in the ceiling - even though the apartment was built only a month ago and I was the first tenant) from the first day I moved in, I've developed a sort of a phobia when it comes to ants.

The current apartment was built nore more than a year ago (new), and I've been here for about 3 months and haven't seen a single ant, well that is...until now...

So Cal is experiencing a heavy rain season for the last 2 months or so, and if I'm correct yesterday was supposed to be the last rainy day as the storm is moving out. Last night, I was standing in the kitchen counter and god help me - there was an ant crawling on my kitchen counter.

I found about 3 more on the kitchen floor and traced it to a little opening b/w the floor and the cabinet. I sat & watched to make sure that's where they are coming from and after seeing a few more marching in, and caulk the opening to prevent them from coming in (btw, they are tiny w/ redish head color - I'm not sure if they are carpenter ants or not).

My guess is that the rain caused their nest to flood which is driving them indoors, but I was curious to see why they would come into my apartment (fourth floor up and one side facing outward to the street with other side being a hallway). My apartment is very clean and doesn't have any food sources or moisture to attract them.

Anyways, after caulking the opening, I haven't seen any at least for the night. I'm worried that closing the entry might encourage them to seek other openings in the apartment. The rain stopped as of this morning, and the weather is supposed to warm up. Is this something I should be concerned of? Should I set baits (such as Terro) or will this simply attract them even more?
Will they leave now that the weather is letting up?

I know the concern is a bit premature, but from the last experience I had, I want to make sure to take every measure to prevent the outbreak from happening.

Response or comments will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!





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