Posted by John Fasoldt on 14:22:30 3/17/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Lots of Twosies, Winged's, recurring posted by Wilson on 22:01:39 3/16/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
TOUGH QUESTIONS. TOUGH ANSWERS....
Very complete, thank you. And your description makes me think you could have some kind of ant problem, I do know you can have more of those problems where you are. I have to always qualify my remarks by reminding people (and myself) that I can’t REALLY know what it’s like without actually visiting the problem in person.
I do think that most reasonable people, with a good, common sense approach, and without unproven fears about insects and/or chemicals, should be able to ‘weather the storm’ and find the correct approach for ending your problem. Sometimes YOU can do it, sometimes you can’t. And if it involves chemicals of any sort, even something you think is ‘harmless,’ you should ALWAYS use a licensed professional. He knows WHAT to use, and HOW to use it.
BUT YOU HAVEN’T FOUND ANYTHING?
HEY! Oftentimes the exterminator can’t ‘find them’ either! By ‘finding them,’ I mean the tech actually discovering a nest of ants, with his own eyes. When an exterminator searches, he almost always will want and need your help. Remember, he’s only there for a short slice of time, even if he were to spend even several hours searching for a problem. You LIVE there and can help guide him with his search.
SO THE EXTERMINATOR FOUND ‘PROBLEMS?
Nowadays, however, an exhaustive search can almost always reveal a long laundry list of possible and/or probable causes for your perceived problem. And let’s say we (or you) actually FOUND a nest? Do you stop searching? Who is to say there’s only one? There could be many - in fact, there often are.
So even if I actually found a nest (or two, or three) I would still want to make some sort of an application, because of (mostly) your described history. Unless you live in some sort of castle, you’re only talking a couple of hundred dollars - ok, maybe a few hundred? Most of our residentials come in under $250, but commercial jobs are larger, more complicated, and require more visits.
WHAT I MIGHT RECOMMEND
For these ‘indefinite’ problems, that you describe, I almost always recommend the combination treatment, inside and outside, with Phantom and Termidor. It is the least invasive and the most economical treatment for ants that professional exterminators presently have. You can learn more by reading some of the other posts on this board.
YOUR LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS
I’m also not sure of the present legal application status of those two chemicals in your area. They are an acceptable application down here that has solved many problems As opposed to many other insecticides, they are non-repellant, allowing the spread of toxicant throughout a colony, offering superior control. Even hidden colonies can be widely affected. Works very well in this context.
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