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


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Posted by Wilson on 1:05:04 4/23/2010 from 174.6.133.166:

In reply to: Re: Ant nest located, now I'm at a crossroad posted by John Fasoldt on 9:46:57 4/22/2010 from 173.71.122.198:

Thanks John for your advice.

I don't have 100% sure ID of the ants. All I know is that they are black, and some winged. I tried to closely inspect 1, but I just couldn't make out the details to compare with diagrams I find. It certainly looks like pictures of carpenter ants though.

The wall is on the 1st floor. We have no basements. Now that you mention it, may be area where the wall meets the carpet is just 1 of the entrances. I'm not entirely certain it is in the walls. Since they could be under the floor, too I assume. The wall is an inside wall (it doesnt have a face that faces the outside).

I also find flying ants in other places in the living room further away from that wall. I watched for where they came in, so if it came from that same "entrance", I should know. But they somehow got around me and appear further into the living room. This leads me to believe that they might have access from under the floor. Or perhaps there is an alternate colony on that otherside.

I'm going to try some Raid double bait (we apparently don't have Terro in Canada). It uses Albamectin and have sweets and peanut type baits. I hope they fall for it. I'm going to set them up tomorrow.

Failing that, I plan to order the Advanced Carpenter Ant baits that you have on your website.

If there is no water problem, the ants should likely not return after baiting, right? But if they do return in mass, it would then indicate I have a moisture problem of some sort and that would be my problem.

But for now, with no discernable water problem and uncertain nest location (except 1 entrance), my inexperienced thinking tells me that perhaps the 1st step is baiting. Assuming they work. Whether I have a real moisture problem would be revealed depending on how quickly the ants come back, I assume. So that's the next step after baiting.

It feels wrong if I just spend $250 and up (250 is the lowest price this place offers for carpenter ants, "and up" doesn't scream confidence either) if I don't at least see if baits work first.

I will post back after the Raid bait have been placed. I'd go for the Advanced CA bait immediately if I could, but I doubt we have them in Canada so I'll need to order them online and have it shipped, which could take a week. So in the mean time I might as well try regular Abamectin baits first.



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