Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:18:04 6/15/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: carpenter ants after bug spray posted by Janice on 11:31:46 6/15/2015 from 184.108.40.206:
Well, Janice, I thought you said the inside bugs (the ghost ants) were gone? It does take awhile for all of them to die, they have to bring it back to their colony, and that does take time. Usually, you see MORE before they get better.
The dead CAs are normal, it takes awhile for Termidore to work also. And it doesn't sound as though you have that many. The Termidore should be all you need, although I don't know exactly what your house, the site, looks like, or how bad your ants were.
It's good to replace the damaged wood, but don't let the carpenter spray anything should he discover ants. Your exterminator should be the one that does that. And you don't need a shop-vac, any old vacuum (with a hose attachment) should work.
The outside cracks you could use the dust with - and that dust you mentioned is about the same as Drione. But if you use it, wait a couple of days before you seal it up. Sometimes it takes a day or two to take effect, and you might want to do it again, especially if it shows activity. Although, if it does, it might mean that there are some water leaks that need attending to. In which case, you take the trim apart, and see if you can detect any place where it's been leaking. It's pretty hard to diagnose over the Internet, but your exterminator could give you some guidance. Ask him. I'm sure he's have some more opinions, he's the man at the workface...
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