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carpenter ants discovered in new supporting 4x4


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Posted by Kate on 22:19:49 3/6/2010 from 71.249.115.217:

We are supporting 150 y/old beams on the ground floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn, NY. We got 4x4's as supporting columns and today I discovered that two of them are infested with carpenter ants. They crawled out of the wood and died next to it. when I moved the post - others started to get out. I removed those two posts and burned them in my pit - but the question is - what to do with the rest. I am sure there is more. Will it be enough to remove these posts from the house? How do I protect my old beams - giving the fact that they are damaged and cracked (150 y.o.!) Any natural ways to protect the rest of the wood (beams and stairs) - I have two children who are highly allergic to lots of things.
If anyone knows a good exterminator in Brooklyn and vicinities - please - let me know.
Thank you in advance



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