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Posted by Brandon Reich on 23:43:36 9/13/2010 from 98.246.59.181:

First, you might be interested to know that one of our cats discovered termites in our closet. She's meow to go into the closet, run to the back corner. We had them treated, she went into the closet once, and doesn't care about it anymore.

Today I found three winged ants in a bucket under a sink that has been shut off for years. They don't look like winged termites (these have a narrow body, two different sized wings, bent antennae). We've been seeing smallish sized ants (not like sugar ants) crawling up the siding into the space above our garage and our cathedral ceilings (I hesitate to write this next part) for years. We had a few larger ants (but they don't look like huge carpenter/wood ants) in the house for the first time this summer (under a bush that had aphids on it). I think we have foam insulation in the garage (there are round patches in the exterior wall of the garage ever foot).

A tree hit our house two years ago and a tremendous amount of moisture got into the house (and collapsed a ceiling before we discovered it). We got a new roof that is vented better and no more rain is getting is. And we took out 20 trees from around the house. Probably should have sprayed between the house and the yard after we did that. Probably where the termites came from. Part of the insulation in the house was replaced, but most of the insulation in the cathedral ceiling was not. We also have a basement, but no moisture problems.

Are we going to have to tear off our entire roof to get them out? Should I buy a stethoscope or something and walk around listening for them? Will the ceilings ever collapse on us someday in a rain of ants? Will the ants infect my books in the basement? Will I just have to live with some ants in the house always?

Just to let you know, the ant problem here is NOTHING like the one at my parent's house. My dad has cords and cords of wood stacked around the house and keeps findings nests in the walls throughout the house when he remodels (and they are all over the blow-in insulation in the attic).

By the way, I live in Oregon and if you want to come out here, maybe we'd fly you out to treat our ant problem if it's really bad.



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