Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:00:09 5/24/2012 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: I flipped out too soon I think posted by Suzie on 2:06:28 5/24/2012 from 184.108.40.206:
First off, comes the lecture. Maybe you won't like me either, because I'm right behind your local guy's assessment. And the national guy isn't an inspector, he's a SALESMAN, so you can discount most of what he says, he gets a percentage of what YOU pay. You don't trust what anyone says unless he's actually a LICENSED exterminator. And even then there are some that will take advantage of a situation.
Flipped out too soon? Indeed you did. And I agree with your local guy, you need to get a grip. Tell me; would you call a plumber if you saw one drip? Would you call the electrician if you saw the lights flicker? Once?
Frankly, I wouldn't even come out if you told me you had one carpenter ant and you needed/wanted service. I would talk you out of it, right over the phone. CAs are TREMENDOUS wanderers. They can range 100 or more yards from their actual nest. Unless you live in the Mojave desert or Antarctica, there aren't too many places here on this earth you won't see a carpenter ant once in awhile.
THE TREATMENT YOU HAD
First of all, no matter what he used, that treatment is safe for you, the dog and the exterminator. Unless you opened wide and had him spray directly into your mouth, you'll be fine. So will the dog, no matter what sniffing around he does. So you and he can go outside right now and not worry about it at all.
No, you are NEVER required to have further treatments, that entirely up to you, not the exterminator. I'm sure he proposed that series of treatments because you were so maxed out.
WHAT I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE
As I said, I would have talked you out of any service. I would have told you to wait it out for a couple of days and see what happens. There is NO REASON why you can't do it later, with the same effectiveness, as doing it RIGHT NOW. And you could save your money for something you REALLY need. One ant is no reason to give money to ANY exterminator. Call your plumber and tell him that you saw your faucet drip once in the last year. Let me know what he says....
If you've read any of my posts on this board, and gone thru my carpenter ant page, you just KNEW I was going to say all this.
WHAT TREATMENT IS GOOD FOR ANTS
An outside treatment with Termidor can end an ant problem for the entire season. Notice I said "CAN." Naturally, this isn't always the case, remember, we're dealing with Mother Nature here, and she doesn't always read the label on the Termidor bottle, so she might not remember that....
But I prefer to use the LEAST amount of chemicals, now and in the long run, to accomplish the end result. And a proper Termidor treatment is one of the best ways to do that.
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