Posted by John Fasoldt on 13:50:00 2/10/2011 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: Re: Carpenter Ants posted by Carrie on 16:17:33 2/9/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
Most of the time, what you describe isnít that difficult to fix. And what you saw during the summer might be completely different and not related at all. Sometimes you (or us) never find out what was wrong no matter if the problem is resolved or not! Mother Nature is a tough fight, and the way houses are built, it leaves lots of areas susceptible to ants - all kinds of ants, not just CAs. First of all, right now, you want to start keeping a log of whatís going on. Thatíll help you and also the exterminator, should you need him.
DRYERS AND GARAGES
From your original post, that dryer condition you describe could provide the heat and moisture ants would be interested in, especially if the vents are not tight and are leaking. I would inspect the areas around the vent joints and make sure they are all fitting and taped properly. In your area, you might have an ant problem between the garage and upstairs, possibly in the insulation between them, if it isnít vented or installed properly. Whenever thereís such a wide difference in temperature is when you can have a problem.
If the garage is enclosed like you describe, itís best not to bring a car in hot and then close up the garage. Rather, leave the garage door open an hour or two, if you think thatís safe in your neighborhood. Better yet, let the car cool off OUTSIDE before you put it away.
Regardless, thereís no reason to panic. What you saw could even be a one-time affair, you havenít lived there even a year as yet. A little time will give you an idea of what you might be up against. As far as the chemical control you have done so far, the baitiing, it doesnít always work and itís always better to find out the CAUSE rather than just keep treating a never-ending symptom. I think you should hold off for now, wait a few weeks and see what happens. A few weeks, or months, isnít going to make any difference at all in the long run.
I would recommend an inside/outside treatment with Termidor/Phantom, try the guy that certified the house first, unless heís one of the biggies. Otherwise, seek out a trusted, local independent thatís close to you. It isnít a difficult procedure, we either use a truck or a backpack (or both) to do outside, and a standard compressed air sprayer on the inside. Our charges run from about $150-$200 and on up, depending on difficulty or size. The inside can be done at a different time than the outside, or not at all. In most cases, I recommend inside and outside treatment. I know it works and itís what Iíd do to my own place if I had to.
The Termidor/Phantom treatments have been a lifesaver for the exterminator and the customer. If your exterminator isnít familiar with the treatment, look for another exterminator.
Donít worry about it.
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