Posted by Sheila on 17:55:00 5/28/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
We moved into our house December 2013 (dead of winter in Minnesota). Around March or April of 2014, I began seeing a trail of carpenter ants upstairs. I watched the ants and discovered they were going from behind the baseboard in my boys' room to another room where some candy had been forgotten. I had read that diatomaceous earth could help kill the ants, so I sprayed that into the hole in the wall that they were coming from (and removed the candy). We have only seen a few inside since then and no increase this spring, so I figured that was good news.
Today my husband trimmed a low branch from one of four cedar trees that are planted about 20 feet from the house. When the branch fell to the ground, carpenter ants came scurrying out. Some had wings and others didn't. Our original idea was to cut down and burn the trees but after reading on your site, I'm unsure what to do. Should I do anything about the nest(s?) outside or just focus on keeping them from getting inside?
Thank you so much for your site! It helped me calm down after seeing the dreaded ants again.
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