Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:13:44 9/14/2010 from 184.108.40.206:
In reply to: Re: Winged Ants posted by Brandon Reich on 23:51:32 9/13/2010 from 220.127.116.11:
I'll try to answer your questions and statements as they come up.
First of all, the trees, storm and and the water likely had no effect on your termite problem. Termites are everywhere and they work on their own schedule.
If you have foam board in the cathedral ceilings, that may present a problem - hard to say at this point. I doubt the roof collapse, at least not because of ants, maybe something else, but not the ants.
Leave that bathroom door open - or at least ajar. You need the air circulation, actually in every room. People would be much better off to leave ALL interior doors open, for even temperature and moisture acclimation. Even cabinet doors. So when you go away, leave every door open, including kitchen cabinet doors, every door in the entire house, actually! Might 'look funny,' but it's actually better all around.
And yes, you can have ants nesting almost anywhere, whether you think there is moisture there or not. It doesn't have to be 'moisture,' it can just be a place with very little air change, such as hollow spaces of almost any size. You can never find them all, and they also change over the years.
Before you do anything else, have an inside/outside treatment with Termidor/Phantom. Termidor on the outside, and Phantom on the inside. This is a one-shot treatment, doesn't involve continuing services or any kind of 'contract.' Get a trusted, local independent to do this, skip all the biggies or any company that wants to send out a salesman instead of an exterminator.
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