Posted by Will Poff on 14:10:31 4/11/2013 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Carpenter Ants coming out of skylight posted by John Fasoldt on 4:14:07 3/31/2013 from 18.104.22.168:
Just checking in, we may have found the actual nest, there were about 2000 in this spot, lots of little piles and almost like bedding with ants in it, we were able to vacuum some of it up, some of it was unreachable (it is in the ceiling!) Also some of it we were able to push out from that area so we could vacuum it up. The rest of the ants mainly scattered when this was going on. There seemed to be little white balls that looked like larvae in there and we got some of them.
For right now we stopped seeing any real activity up there or in the house, we put a lot of bait up there as close as we could get it and duct taped the holes we made up. It looks nice and dry up there, i'm guessing they have been holed up there for many years, and the moisture problem was probably pretty bad leading to the replacement of the roof. Bank's usually don't do that unless there's a really serious need to before selling it.
In the next few months we plan to take the whole ceiling down in the room, the insulation, and the old ceiling. We've hated the ceiling in that room anyway but there were other priorities.. When we do that i'd presume we can clear out any remaining bodies and nesting a little better.
We'd love to do a wood ceiling but now i'm concerned about bugs of course. I've heard cedar is supposed to be a good bug deterrent, we were thinking of a tongue and groove cedar up there. I was hoping to pick your brain on that and see if you had any recommendations for it, and what type of insulation and construction would be ideal to keep the little buggers from coming back! I saw where you said they love the foam board insulation so we will steer clear of that.
Thanks so much John, you really have been a ton of help.
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