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Posted by Tracy on 2:34:45 7/19/2014 from 98.169.97.199:

Hi, John
I need your advice regarding CAs. We did have carpentes ants entering for the first time this year in spring after we got our screened porch last October. At first I did ignore them but when they start coming out from tiny hole underneath the door leading to screened porch from hardwood floor in r n great numbers non stop mostly winged actually I thought it was too much I blocked the the whole with some clay and block whole door while looking for solution. Once I opened the door after a week frass was dropping as the door was swinging .
Here is the question even though max force gel took care at that time I have a feeling there is some mosture problem because As I recall the day the construction was competed the workers was washing the porch by just spraying with a hose. I did noticed water sipping through underneath the door leading to screened porch I asked them stop pointing at the door since there was water on my hardwood floor right in the corner . I wiped the floor immidiatly so I thought there is no problem after that.
But since CAs were Invading me exactly from that area I am more and more believe that there is a mosture water damage somewhere there . I emailed the company asking them if they did proper flashing since they remove vinyl siding and they assure me they did everything to protect from moisture.
And told me that my ants just a spring thing. Which could be but I know they were coming from that tiny whole in my hardwood floors right under the door . I know eliminating the wet wood is all I need to get rid off them but how would I go around that?
Do I ask the company that built the screened porch to come and check if the is water problem should I hire somebidy else ? And how can we check without ripping the floor on screened porch what exactly happening between the house wall and screened porch ?
Please advise I believe I still have warranty till October not sure if it covers ripping the structure just to see what attracting the CAs.
As always appriciate your advise !
Thank you



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