Posted by John Fasoldt on 8:16:25 5/6/2015 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Carpenter ants coming out to die? posted by Leanne on 10:17:48 5/5/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
Hmmm. That's hard to say... Sounds as though you did all the right things, however. But you might have left some in there - somewhere. And I assume it might be a bit troublesome to go back and do that part over again. Another complicating factor will (possibly) be your new tenant. Tenants are notoriously difficult at times. And with an excuse of "BUGS" they could make your life quite difficult, even miserable, to say the least!
Normally, I would tell you to "wait and watch" - your problem might already have been solved and you're just seeing the tail end of the problem - for you to know FOR SURE could possibly take as long as a year - the complete cycle of seasons. To make your tenant go through that might get exasperating for BOTH of you. And, of course if your tenant is a relative/friend, they could possibly have a bit more patience with a problem. But then again, maybe not! lol. (Thinking about a few of my relatives...) How long can you wait before renting, BTW?
And, of course, you could take the Big Step and rip everything out again and find absolutely NOTHING! And then STILL have those little wanderers!
But you're looking for a solution... So. In your position I think I would give it a few more weeks doing nothing but watching what is happening. Keep a log, so you'll know later what transpired, don't count on your memory. If it's still happening, at the same rate, then (in exterminating) you do the cheapest thing first. You have to remember, regardless of what anyone says, this industry has a strong element of guesswork, (and hype!) so you can pretty much ignore all those fancy Orkin commercials you see on TV hahaha.
Baits or spray are not going to affect the ones you see. I would start out with an OUTSIDE perimeter spray using Termidor. It often affects what you see inside as well. You didn't say if you had an exterminator, but if you have, ask him what he would charge for that. It mostly will work for an entire season and there's no need for "contracts," it's a one-shot deal. Unless your house is some kind of castle, the cost should be somewhere around $200 or so. That's about what we would charge, sometimes more, sometimes less. It's no big deal.
If you want to DIY, you can. The smallest amount of Termidor you can buy will go for some $80, and it will be MUCH more than you need. In addition to that, it DOES have a shelf life, I would't trust it for more than a year. The diluent I wouldn't trust more than a week or two, at the most. I always try to mix only as much as I need.
Sometimes the exterminator is the better choice, he already has the equipment (power or backpack sprayer) and the experience and expertise. If you do get an exterminator, start with the independants, stay away from the biggies.
Let us know how it all works out! Lots of people visit this board and you can help them as well! Get back with any questions.
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