Posted by John Fasoldt on 4:51:36 7/3/2014 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: carpenter ants and slab on grade posted by meghan on 18:18:53 7/2/2014 from 18.104.22.168:
Well, I'll go thru your questions first:
1) Yes, of course. Anything is possible. I've seen them delivered in, say, a brand new refrigerator.
2) ABSOLUTELY! And thrive under there, possibly causing you no end of problems.
3) Your new construction is what you should worry about. The old part, you'll just wait 'til a problem develops. It might, or it might not. In any case, your treatment will be essentially the same, regardless of when it's done. Besides, if it happens later, exterminators might have a better tool or chemicals that can change the equation for the better.
4) No. Pre-treatment on the new construction is what you need.
Assuming the slab hasn't been poured as yet, it needs to be pre-treated (with Termidor) prior to the slab pour, and after all prep work has been completed. Details are on the link below:
Doing it before, rather than worry about later, a proper pre-treatment will end both - the ants and the termites. ((And, BTW, these ants may not be carpenter ants. LOTS of different ants will survive well under that slab, it really doesn't matter..)
Make SURE Termidor is used, and no, you don't need to worry about the kids in the sand with ants. They're essentially harmless, they're not dirty nor vector or carry diseases. If they're the stinging or biting kind, the kids will find out soon enough, then you can show them what to watch out for. Get a local exterminator, one that has an actual office within your local area, not any of the biggies. Make sure your guy is not a salesman, you want an actual exterminator, one with a proper license.
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