Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:54:22 2/26/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Ants possibly in dishwasher posted by Carissa on 16:08:25 2/25/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
Ok, you can forget the vinegar and the ant traps. And as far as the "willy-nilly" thing is concerned, you can forget that too.
If and when you ever need a professional, and in this case, I think you will, remember, you are using a professional. Someone that KNOWS how to use biocides in that kind of environment, kids or no kids. Do you trust your doctor? Plumber?
Besides the obvious fact that there ARE questionable doctors, plumbers and exterminators, I always advise people to cultivate a relationship with the exterminator you want to solve your problem - for now and in the future. Just like you should do for your doctor and plumber!
Youíll need a good, honest exterminator. Skip the biggies, get a trusted, local independent (if you can) to work with. And I didnít mean to lecture you about the willy-nilly/professional thing. Unfortunately, many people have the same opinion, it certainly doesnít help our industry. We do have many responsible exterminators out there. But just like everything else, you often have to search for anything thatís good....
I would guess you have an inside nest, somewher, but you have to remember that an ďinsideĒ nest can almost be on the outside. The scenario could have been CAs in the original dishwasher, with a satellite close by, perhaps within that wall somewhere. It really depends on so many factors that itís sometimes impossible to pin it down. Itís often an accumulation of factors, some of which you may know nothing about. (Thatís why I love this job, I can blame some or all of it on Everybodyís God..)
Even intense, professional inspections might not turn up anything concrete. Sometimes exterminators only suspect a CA problem clinically, simply because of the obvious symptoms, as you have delineated here. Because of that, CA work can be extremely difficult and the success of those inspections are often affected by the substrates that either hide or contain the ants.
When we canít find the actual nest, (and often, even when we can) we do have and excellent pair of chemicals, that wonít hurt you, me or your kids, and can help fix the problem. Look for an exterminator that will use the Termidor/Phantom for the outside/inside treatment to your home. Without finding the actual nest(s), this will be your best hope for ending your current problem. Cost will vary, but a straight forward treatment at an average property, we would charge between $150 and $300. Itís normally only done once per season. Your drive to the mall carries more risk...
And I say ďhelp fixĒ because you still should attempt to find the REASON they were there to start with, even though the treatment worked. If you donít fix that, thereís always a chance theyíll return.
Let us know how you make out!
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