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Re: Carpenter ants and carpenter bees


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Posted by John Fasoldt on 9:55:56 1/17/2016 from 108.24.130.51:

In reply to: Carpenter ants and carpenter bees posted by Mary on 16:16:34 1/16/2016 from 47.17.222.115:

Thanks for the email, and the pictures.

Forget "treatment." I think you'd better direct your money towards fixing the problem - which ISN'T the ants - they're only a symptom.

First of all, NO HOUSE should ever have a roof built over top of another roof. Yeah, I know it's cheaper that way, but it's mopre than just possible that you can have serious problems, much worse than what you are having right now.

I would first decide WHEN you will be re-doing the roof with ONE roof. In the course of doing that, expect to uncover places (that's plural) where you discover ants - and, of course, obvious signs of leakage. Get those fixed before you replace the roof and make SURE they're fixed right.

You can probably get away without using an exterminator, if you're deft enough to vacuum them up with a shop vac. I don't advise homeowners (or roofers) to ever use insecticides, you'll scatter the ones you DON'T kill, and you may have to battle them another time(s) and place(s).

And, in addition to a home inspection, it should have had a pest inspection. Although home inspectors will perform pest inspections, you want a REAL exterminator. A good exterminator will see the problem with the roof(s) and then expect to find problems like you are experiences.

---John



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