Posted by Melinda on 16:51:04 5/3/2011 from 18.104.22.168:
I first had tiny black ants in the bedroom on the floor and/or wood furniture. This area is a slab, 11 yrs. old. new carpet and paint last year. I put the bait traps that have the hole in the center and I guess there is food in it. They came out late afternoon-evening. I read on-line that killing the queen would solve the problem and the queen had wings. After 2-3 wks of the bait out, I found a large ant with wings and stepped on it and sucked it up in the vacuum. Suddenly there were big black ants in the bathroom, kitchen, livingroom, bedroom, cupboards, walls, ceiling, EVERYWHERE! Put up more bait, and some liquid bait. Although the dishes are rinsed off, they still go in the sink after any residue. One committed suicide while I was cooking on the stove. Their even on the carpet and being stepped on. I can't stand it. I don't know what to do. I was going to call a couple exterminators that I know of, but like your wonderful site says, they all want contracts or big dollars. 1/3 of the house is over 40 yrs. old, 1/3 is 25 yrs. old, and the slab area is 11yrs. old. 1/3 has a basement and the center 1/3 has a dirt crawl space. I found 2 water leaks last week in the basement. 1 coming from the water pipe to fill the toilet tank, and the other much more severe in the hose used by the sump pump to pump water out, defeating the purpose. The big 1 is fixed, the toilet pipe still has a drip and needs a part. There is almost always water in the basement due to the area. You say that carpenter ants are nocturnal, so if these big nasty black ants are out ALL of the time, what are they, and what can I do, short of torching them. They are about a 1/4 inch long. live in Cornish, NH. Flies have also been an issue since last summer/fall and through the winter. I guess it's better than spiders, of course we have those too, but nothing to run from yet.
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