Posted by John Fasoldt on 11:43:20 5/8/2011 from 184.108.40.206:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants posted by Worried on 12:43:26 5/6/2011 from 220.127.116.11:
Ok, first of all, please keep your posts all in one thread and please don't repeat yourself in every post, it makes it difficult to follow. Just make your post under the last post - Post a Followup - so I (and others) can easily follow the storyline.
And as far as "ant size" is concerned, if you don't know EXACTLY what kind of ant it is, size doesn't matter. Some ants have different sizes, some ants are all the same size. Did they actually look at samples and positively ID the insect?
To answer your question about when to panic? That would be never. The time I consider to be the time an exterminator would treat is ultimately up to you, but I tell people it should be when you experience significantly increased activity regardless of the weather changes, or if increased activity persists.
Naturally, this time of year, with changing weather, there are many times you can have ant problems from LOTS of different kinds of ants. Seeing a "few" ants, under certain conditions, certainly under the conditions you describe, could be considered normal. If all you're seeing is that increase in the background population, it'll probably go away on it's own. Frankly, depending on the circumstances, I think the 'cure can be worse than the disease.' Meaning, do you really want to treat an entire structure, inside and out for a few foraging ants? And you don't mind the chems or the money and you just want to (try) and see if you can fix the problem?
If so, you should get an inside/outside treatment with Termidor and Phantom from someone that has experience using this procedure. Try the man that told you not to.
So I would wait a little bit until you know for sure. And it will help if you keep a daily log of what is going on. It'll help you and the exterminator, should you get one.
Is a pest inspection required before a real estate sale where you are? If so, look on your settlement papers and see if the exterminator is listed, If not, perhaps the original Realtor might know. You might also give him a shot too. Personally, I like the guy that told you to wait the last time. I like "careful."
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