Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:01:26 3/31/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: black ants in house posted by Doug on 3:31:25 3/31/2015 from 184.108.40.206:
If you decimate most of the ants they will have the tendency to die out. I say "tendency." Not always what happens, but it is better than using repellants (Raid) that tend to disperse them. And it's NATURAL!
Most ants like high humidity and little air change, so, yes, the basement ceiling can harbor more. But your problem is common. Take apart any house brick by brick, board by board, and you can almost always find ants and ant colonies that you may have never found or will ever find. It's only when conditions are ripe that you see them.
Termidor is not a "strong" chemical and it can end the problem because they take it back to the colony, that why you can often end a problem by an application to just where the ants are wandering.
Yes. Wait and see. I am also for "green" and it doesn't get any more "greener" than a vacuum - and often works. If you have perused my posts on this board you will see that this method is often recommended by me and CAN work!
Taking the baseboard off and leaving it off (for the time being) might give you an idea of what's going on here.
"Spreading throughout the house" is another exterminator's trick to garner yet another customer. Doesn't always work that way. After some 45 years in this industry, I have seen both happen. But more often the vacuum trick can help tremendously. Use it!
Outside treatment? Yes. But not yet. It will help more when the ants are more active, so you'll need to wait for better weather before using this method to greatest effect. In the meantime, check on the availability of Termidor and Phantom in your area.
Check back with some results!
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