Posted by Sheri on 9:34:15 1/26/2011 from 220.127.116.11:
I found your site on a Google search, and I'm glad I did. We live in a 31 year old home on a concrete slab in hot and humid Houston, TX. We bought this home 4 years ago as a rental property, but after renters damaged it and then Hurrican Ike damaged it some more, we opted to repair it as much as our finances would allow and then just move in ourselves. We have resided here nearly 2 years now. The house is wood-frame, and also has wood paneling with vinyl siding. Our home needs some repair, but we seldom see insects, although at one time we had trouble with tiny black ants entering the living room, a problem since resolved once we stopped eating in there. We do have 2 large ant mounds in the front of back yard, 2-3 large mounds on/near an old (probably partially dead) tree in the back of the backyard, and recently another long (3-4 feet) ant mound that was formed a few weeks ago alongside the concrete against the side of the home near our living room, but we thought they'd remain outdoors if left undisturbed, and therefore don't use our backyard.
Last week, I had our home cleaned by our monthly housecleaner. Upstairs, we have 4 bedrooms. The room next to the master bedroom is our nursery, but the baby doesn't sleep in there; we just keep his clothes, etc there. (It is on the same exact side of the house as the nest outside, thought on a different floor.) I usually keep a small plug-in night light sitting unused on the (wooden) window sill in that room. I noticed our maid had moved it, so I picked it up to return it to the window sill. I then dropped it in surprise as a huge group or large winged ants (apparently carpenter ants with 3 segmented bodies and dark red in color) swarmed out of the night light. I called for my husband, and he came to spray them. The next day, I saw 8-9 of the same ants downstairs along the wall and window sill downstairs. Concerned about ant bites, I retrieved the children and went upstairs. To my horror, ants were escaping from the room we'd sprayed the day before; I assume to try to avoid the lingering fumes. I opened the door to the room and noticed about 400+ dead ants on the carpet by the wall near the window sill, as well as some dead stragglers and some dying stragglers. My husband went in and sprayed again.
Since then, I have avoided that room as we try to figure out what to do. I have seen a few, but not many, escaping the room.
I then found your site, and am concerned because of the number of ants. I worry that there may be a nest in that room; when it rains heavily, there are 3-4 places in the entryway (the wood lining the door) that leak a little (which is why the baby doesn't sleep in there; perhaps the wood above it is rotten due to moisture? It looks normal otherwise, but we wouldn't know what to look for. Also, now I am also concerned about all of the ant mounds outside. I have not seen the ants fly, nor any "larvae" yet, but I'd greatly appreciate your help asap.
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