Posted by Paula B on 11:59:49 5/7/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
Morning! I live in Central Wisconsin and recently purchased a 100 year old house in the Fall of 2014. When the inspector went through, the flashing around the chimney was leaking so that was repaired by a roofer as well as to other soft spots on the roof. About a month ago I started noticing carpenter ants in the second floor bathroom, about three a day every couple of days. As it started getting warmer, I started noticing more & more in an upstairs closet. I have a phobia of pests in my home based on a past incident that involved me sleeping in my bed a mouse running across it so I'm very upset about having these pests in my home. I decided to call a "Big box" exterminator and they came out yesterday to assess the situation. I was under the impression that they were going to do a more thorough inspection but when he arrived, he just asked me where I've seen them, sprayed the exterior of my home and then baited the affected areas and said "I'll be back in a month." Well, the bait seemed to be working because there were now 50-75 ants in the closet instead of the usual 5-10. He said this is normal, that I will see an increase in ants over the next few days but that slowly it should start to ween off. The next morning I saw that some were still feasting but now I'm noticing them in different areas of the home I'd never seen them before - my second bedroom, the staircase landing, my bedroom closet. Is this normal behavior? I just do not know what to do. I would open up a wall or two where I think the nest might be but the walls are plaster and I just do not want to take on that kind of project. At this point, I have spent $200 on the exterminator but I have zero peace of mind that this problem is solved. I have a contract with them for a year and have until tomorrow to cancel the contract. What should I do? I don't even want to be in my house knowing these things are around! Any suggestions are appreciated - thank you!
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