Posted by Heather on 20:08:55 8/16/2010 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: Re: Ant problem in my kitchen! posted by John Fasoldt on 4:56:32 8/16/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
OK here's the followup. I contacted 4 companies in our area. In our jurisdiction, exterminators are regulated by law to have a special permit to carry any termite control chemicals and training to use them. Since there are no termites in my area, no one has the licence required to carry and use these products. And not one of the companies is willing to obtain the licence, go through the testing, and apply this product for us. Our jurisdiction also requires reporting of termite product application in order to keep track of termite reports and migration, so getting someone from several hundred miles away to come and apply this product is a no-go (I called 2 companies, no interest).
We did confirm with the original company that the exterior spray used is an oil-based residual insecticide, not a chemical odor that scares the ants away. The product they are using is the strongest product available in our jurisdiction as it is, and all 4 companies that I called use this product.
The second company that came by spent 2 full hours inspecting the house and property. No obvious signs of infestation. No frass anywheres inside or out, no ant bodies found including in spider webs. No ant paths or trails noted inside or out (I was with the dude, and believe me I was asking questions and taking notes!). We took off baseboards in one area where they could be tracking (they hide a void), nothing. Ant dude DID see 4 ants just sitting there, watching us in the kitchen so he know's we aren't crazy. No exterior signs of ants or ant paths. Nothing in the attic. Nothing in the cold storage area where we found a previous nest. We have access to the floor space between the basement and main floor...nothing found.
SO, the decision was made to spray the interior baseboards and window frames with a residual insecticide, and dust all cracks and crevasses on all floors. Since our house was externally sprayed 3 weeks ago, they can't by regulation respray the exterior for another 3 weeks.
This company has a 1 year guarantee on their work, no contracts signed. Just if they recur, they'll come back out and reassess and treat as required without charge.
Seems like waiting and watching is the order of the day...
Thanks for listening!
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