Posted by John Fasoldt on 9:57:09 1/26/2013 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants posted by MJ on 0:12:09 1/25/2013 from 184.108.40.206:
Wow! Where do I start.... Ok, the fact that you have seen that many probably means that you have them in or on your home - SOMEWHERE. It is also possible for those to be on the OUTSIDE, but have an easy avenue inside, where you see them. If this is the case, they could disappear in the spring. And then (maybe) come back next winter.
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
You could have also imported them with Xmas decorations, the live trees themselves or other greenery (pne cones too) brought inside during the holidays. You didnít mention that, and you could have done all that and not noticed them on whatever you transported. Sometimes even decorations you already have, if (perhaps) they were stored where they were accessed by your ants. Happens. A lot.
The problem you describe in the bathroom is one we also hear about quite often. Moisture gets to areas where it shouldnít and ants may find it. The increase in their populations can let you know thereís a possible problem. They could also be there for YEARS without you knowing about it - and doing little or no damage.
For that, you might enlist the carpenter and possibly the plumber to fix this problem. It ainít cheap, but thereís also a good chance you wonít need the exterminator! Start taking things apart. Itís easy to fix drywall, so cut some away, see whatís up. In all of these cases, have a shop-vac handy, youíll want to suck up all those little guys, should you discover a bunch. Forget the bug spray, of any sort. Use the vacuum. And donít spray bug spray into the vacuum!
CHEMS FOR ANTS
Best for ants are non-repellents. Repellents can trap ants inside, making your problem worse. If youíre going to do chemical control, now, before the spring, best to use Phantom on the inside, and Termidor on the outside - which you canít apply right now anyway.
Not all exterminators are familiar with the Termidor/Phantom treatment, so youíll need to ask about that. Some donít want to do it because itís (generally) a once-per-season treatment, and sometimes they prefer to do their treatments multiple times. And sometimes that may be necessary, this is where that honest exterminator comes in. Treatments with Phantom can be a bit tricky too, so he needs experience using that with multiple jobs. Tricky does not mean unsafe.
I would investigate the bathroom/attic problem and see what expense you are in for. Also, consult with your exterminator about Termidor/Phantom treatments, if appropriate.
Let us know how things work out!
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