Posted by Matt M on 22:05:09 8/18/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
About a month ago I saw a few black carpenter ants crawling on the walls and floor of my den which is located above a crawlspace and beneath an attic. I also saw a few ants run across the floor of the attic above the den. I had a package of Max Force ant buttons from a few years ago (the red ones designed for carpenter ants) and I put 4 of them up in the attic where i had seen the ants trailing and another 4 in the den. I also placed a few recently purchased Hot Shot brand ant buttons from Home Depot in the same spots (the black ones not designed for carpenter ants). The reason for the Hot Shot ones is I didn't realize I was dealing with carpenter ants at first. After a couple of weeks I found a few slow moving ants in my den which I vacuumed up. Then nothing for about a week. Now, for the past 2 weeks I keep finding 3-4 ants a day on the finished hardwood floor of the den. What's strange is, the ones I am finding now are always very slow moving and seem to be acting in a very confused state, almost just constantly turning around in circles. Or they move very slowly in a direction and then slightly change direction and don't go very far. They aren't creating trails leaving the den where I can actually figure out where they are going. They don't go anywhere near the ant buttons I left in the den. I also put down a sweet liquid version by Terro even right next to them and they don't go near it. What does this type of behavior mean (not so much the refusal of them to go for any bait but the slow moving and illogical trailing behavior)? Does this mean that the buttons I had put down led to the death of the queen initially and these workers are left queenless and that's why they look like they don't know what to do? Or are they maybe just running out of resources (food/water) where they are in the house and slowly dying? If I just wait this out will they die off? Or is this slow moving behavior typical? Appreciate the advice in advance. I can't seem to find anyone describing this particular behavior anywhere.
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