Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:24:29 6/13/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Carpenter Ants in Kitchen posted by Chris Cassidy on 6:33:53 6/13/2011 from 184.108.40.206:
You really don’t need too many ants for them to seem like “a lot.” Especially in a dishwasher. One of the girls in this office discovered a carpenter ant nest in her TOASTER - which she did use every few days, on a regular basis. They get into some strange places.
Your “problem”could also be the influx of ants that people see in the springtime, although it’s really the local weather condition that determines that more than “springtime.” It can actually happen anytime the conditions are just right. The outside rain always prompts more ant calls to this office.
If you actually have a nest in the dishwasher, and that’s certainly possible, they won’t go away. You’ll keep seeing them. A light dusting with Drione would be appropriate, after the entire machine dries out. After that, wait 24-48 hours before using it, if you can.
If, however, your problem is only weather related, the ants often go away on their own. Naturally, if you have perfect conditions INSIDE the house, and they find that, you can wind up with a nest on the inside. Most of the time it’s no big deal, except for those few people (and exterminators) that make it so.
Yes, leaving your DW door open is a good thing. Don’t trap moisture inside. If you tend to leave clean dishes inside, wait til the cycle has finished completely and all the heat is gone, then cock the door open a crack, to allow air change.
As far as using chlordane is concerned, that might not be the best thing to do. Chlordane is a repellant insecticide and may trap the ants inside, actually making your problem seem worse. Don’t use it outside when you have ants inside. Good use for chlordane would be on your sand-based patio, where you see the ants excavating the sand from between the bricks or blocks. Best not to use it inside, it has a very long residual, and wasn’t designed for inside use. Its best use is as a termiticide, for pre-treatment under concrete slabs.
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