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Posted by Jennifer on 15:33:55 11/10/2010 from 199.190.174.229:

Hi,

My husband and I recently bought a 1950's home that was completely redone after foreclosure. We love our new home, but owning an "older" home has proven interesting. A few weeks ago, we noticed shavings and dust on some of our furniture in the living room. It's a cathedral style ceiling of cedar planking. The ceiling was painted an off-white over the original cedar planks. We noticed some ants around a few holes in the ceilings, but normally it was only a few, so we just took out our vacuum and sucked them up. Well, yesterday our temperatures rose uncharacteristically to 70+ degrees here in Upstate SC. Last night, there were a lot of flying ants around the house and more crawling on the ceiling. We sucked them up and no more came out. However, this morning there were a few more around the holes. Well we decided to call our exterminator, and he came out and met my husband today. He said that we probably have a major problem and we need to remove the roof facing on the house, install new gutters, and spray the Carpenter Ant Colony. He quoted a $3500 cost to do this work. To be honest, my husband and I don't know what to do or who to believe. What are your thoughts? Help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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