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Re: Ant nest located, now I'm at a crossroad


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Posted by John Fasoldt on 9:46:57 4/22/2010 from 173.71.122.198:

In reply to: Ant nest located, now I'm at a crossroad posted by Wilson on 6:05:00 4/22/2010 from 174.6.133.166:

First of all, you should get a confirmed ID on that ant, are you sure it's a CA? Many other kinds of ants will live in the same places, so a proper ID is definitely in order. Ants don't necessarily need water as you and I know it, they really only need dead air spaces available to moisture. (Not too many places tht aren't like that!)

Next, what you think is a "wall" problem might not even be the wall. What is underneath that "wall" you think is the problem? Basement? Finished or unfinished? Crawl space? Concrete slab construction? Dirt crawl or concrete or what? Is this wall "original" structure, or is it an addition? How old is the house and how onld is the addition? And how far off the ground is the point where you see the "pile of ants by the wall and carpet?"

Also, what's on top of your problem "wall?" A roof? Another floor? An attic? Is this wall an outside wall or an inside wall? Is this original structure also? Answers to these questions might help me.

And, finally, did any of the other guys ask these same questions? If they didn't know these answers, they really can't give a fair "assessment." The "free assessment" usually entails a salesman of sorts, and they often use either scare tactics or errors of omission. When dealing with salesmen, whip out a recording device and ask them if they mind you recording your conversation so that you can play it back to Hubby/wifey so he doesn't have to repeat it.... That always gets more attention. (Your 'recording device' doesn't even have to work, sometimes a prop works better.)

As far as 'breaking into a wall' is concerned, usually that's no big deal, but I doubt you'd have to do it. In some 40 years, I have rarely seen a case where I would want to do it. There are better ways, but sometimes they cost less, so some exterminators don't like to do it!

---John



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