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Ant nest located, now I'm at a crossroad


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Posted by Wilson on 6:05:00 4/22/2010 from 174.6.133.166:

I've been having A LOT of flying ants inside lately, may be 10-15 a day. I've vacuumed up so many of them and so frequently that I'm going insane with rage.

I have, however, located where the nest is (which should account for some of them, at least). It is inside this wall behind my fridge. We've had ants there before, but suddenly no activity. Well now, probably the same nest, is active again. They are coming from the otherside of the same wall (which is in another room) so it took us sometime to realize where they came from.

I see a pile of ants where the wall meets the carpet. That looks like the entrance they're using.

I'm certain I have a nest now due to this, and where it is located. I don't know what to do now.

I've read that borax based ant baits are ineffective against Carpenter ants.

I've emailed an exterminator, and described my problem. Before I mentioned it was carpenter ants the quote was $95 and up depending on various factors. But carpenter ants is $250 and up! They also suggested that I may need to open up the wall to do this. Scary though both in terms of seeing swarm of ants, and scary because that will certainly cost a lot of money.

I also cannot locate Phantom or Termidor in Canada.

The exterminator company has a free assessment service, but I'm afraid that's just going to be a lot of businessmen scare tactics.

Should I first see if borax based baits work first? From me research the major problem is that carpenters sometimes don't eat the stuff. But I'm assuming there are times they do, so may be it could work?

Should I also try Albamectin based baits first if the above doesn't work? On your site, it seems that carpenter ants were dealt with using this before in a test. Though it was not permanent (it was wood outdoors).

I'm thinking I'm dealing with a legacy nest because I don't have any leaks or water problems in that wall. So I'm want to see if I can get rid of them once and see if they come back.

Can you offer me some other advices?

Thank you so much for your time.




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