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Posted by Jordan on 14:45:44 4/21/2013 from 75.166.186.237:

My husband and I purchased our home back in October. To give you some background, we live in Colorado where it is usually very dry but our spring has been fairly wet with snow. Our house was built in 1967.
We recently have been finding just little ants around the house and I would spray some vinegar and they would go away. But the other day we found much larger ants, with multiple hanging around that have wings. They are in our guest room window, which is partially sub-ground level. (Our house is a bi-level/split-level, so the bottom of the window stops right at ground level.) I panicked (of course) and put out two traps on the window sill. It seems to have done absolutely nothing.
The ants are coming in through the small gaps that exist between the inside window sill and the trim. The rest of the room is the 1960's faux/laminate wood paneling. The windows were replaced in approx. 2008.

I'm assuming these are carpenter ants, but I suppose I'm not totaly sure. My question is would it be ok for me to just pull off the trim and vacuum up the ants? I'd rather not call a terminator. Or will that disturb them and just make them move somewhere else?
I've tried reading a ton on the internet and all I've figured out is I really don't want to use any type of chemicals, but I'm also trying to avoid taking down all of the paneling. I've tried to attach some links to pictures of the ants so maybe we can at least determine what they really are.
Thanks so much for your help!



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