Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:52:47 4/12/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Ants in the ceiling posted by Cliff on 18:49:16 4/11/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
Never let a roofer do your pest control. Would you let an exterminator do your roof?
Your roofer likely scattered the ants to who-knows-where and the exterminator that came should have told you that. Unless, of course, he wasn't informed of the problem completely.
The ants are essentially harmless. They will hurt no one, but they can easily make your life miserable.
First off, you do the cheapest thing first. In this case, it's an indoor/outdoor treatment with Termidor and Phantom. Don't ask me if you can do this yourself, you can't. Get a PRO to do it, skip the biggies and find a local guy that knows what he's doing. Sometimes this is a tricky procedure, so you will benefit by having someone do it that has done it (successfully) before. Get a local referral. Youíll need a good guy.
This is assuming the roof was repaired correctly, and whatever caused the problem to begin with was properly addressed. If your roofer was careless, or didnít have the experience to recognize a problem, you may have to rectify that by doing it over the right way. Iím not sure youíd want to use the same contractor, even for repairs. A roofer stepping out of his shoes to do other trades is not helping you or him. There again, I donít know your connection with the roofer, and Iím unfamiliar with the property, so itís hard to pinpoint the actual problem. Sometimes itís guesswork even when Iím there!
So your move would be to look for an exterminator to help you with this problem. If he canít fix it by this time next year, youíll have to dig deeper.
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