Posted by Stephen Smith on 21:58:01 5/17/2010 from 220.127.116.11:
Thanks for a great site. Tonight we came in and found a small raiding party of carpenter ants on our kitchen countertop. (probably 20-40 individuals).
Wife tends to go high and to the right in matters like this and ran to the garage and got some spray insecticide and started blasing away. She thengot on line and immediately announced that we have big problems and need an exterminator.
After finding your site, I wonder.
We just had a 25 year old deck replaced on the back of our house. Much turning of the soil and pulling up the old posts and forms. All the new material is brick and pressure treated. My wife also tells me that she often found these ants in a particular pot she had planted on the old deck. The pots have been removed for several weeks. And the deck construction was just finished. The original parts have all been gone for probably 6 weeks. House has cinderblock foundation with daylight basement below. Primarily brick exterior walls, except for a bay window and back portion of second floor. There is a large tree that overhangs the new deck roof, so I suppose they could be entering via an airborne attack route. There are no moisture problems that I am aware of, but it has been a wet spring here in middle Georgia.
Is it likely that they have moved in just by having old nest removed, or do we probably still have an active nest. And how should we go about searching for the nest? And lastly, if we find no nest, what do we do then?
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