Posted by Worried on 14:27:36 5/4/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
My husband and I bought a house in Federal Way, Washington about 2 years ago and last spring we noticed we were seeing a few carpenter ants a day. When the weather got colder we stopped seeing them at all. Now that it is spring again they are back. Last year and up until yesterday they were always about the same size (big ones) and now I am seeing a few of the big ones a day and yesterday and today a bunch of smaller ones, they looks just like the big ones just considerably smaller. Last year, for the few months that we would find them in the house, we'd see none some days and up to 10ish all in one day. Again as the weather got colder they stopped and we didn't see any for about 6 months. Now since it is spring for about the last month (especially this last week) we are seeing anywhere from 2-15 daily. Again I am seeing smaller ones now (as of the last few days), but still some of the bigger ones too. We had 2 exterminators come out last year and take a look, Orkin said to treat, we got a second opinion from a smaller local company and this gentleman said treating wasn't necessary, especially if things die down when it gets colder, which they did stop coming. Now that they are back I am wondering if seeing the amount we are seeing in our home is in fact normal and if it is normal to see different sized ones. I have not seen any sawdust piles, no water damage, and we do have mulch basically all around our house (thank you people who sold us the house). Any advice would be appreciated!
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