Posted by Molly on 1:06:11 2/29/2012 from 188.8.131.52:
I haven't seen this particular issue posted so thought I would share... I have been having a problem with what I think are carpenter ants for about a month now. They have only been in the master bath, and seemed to be entering high on the wall behind the shower. I am a recent widow and was pretty freaked out because my husband always took care of any issue like this. So I searched the web and found your wonderful site with all the fantastic information -- so very helpful! With all of your reassuring comments I managed to regain my composure and didn't freak out (even though I really wanted to!) and I didn't call my exterminator (even though I really wanted to!). I just kept an eye on things and maintained a log of how many I saw (killed actually bwahahaha!). It seemed the number was decreasing every day, and since in the last several days we've received an inch and a half of rain (after a very long dry spell), I thought 'aha!' that's why the numbers are going down -- they're moving back outside! Tonight I happened to see one come in, and decided to be a bit more patient and watch where he was headed. It seemed that he was quite interested in the wall behind the commode. I knew the commode wasn't leaking since that was the first thing I checked when I started seeing them 3 or 4 weeks ago. So tonight I removed the tank lid, and boy did I get a surprise! There were at least a dozen crawling around inside the tank above the water line. I managed to kill all of them. I thought maybe they had just found a convenient place to get a drink, and then they'd head back outside, right? Wrong, of course! After coming to my senses and realizing that there had to be more to it than that, I noticed a large hole on the underside of the tank lid (from the manufacturing process). Thinking there might be some ants inside the lid just 'hanging out,' I took it into the kitchen and began filling it with hot water from the tap. I have never seen so many ants bailing out of a confined space in my life! YUCK!! It was nauseating and mesmerizing all at the same time! Quickly deciding it would be way more effective to put the lid in the tub, I took it into the guest bath and repeatedly filled it with hot water. Again, dozens and dozens of ants came out, along with dozens and dozens of eggs. So I think that my ant problem is now under control, fingers crossed, but I'll keep an eye on things. Thanks again for all the great information on your site!
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