Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:44:51 3/1/2016 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Follow up to messages, last one is 4/25/2015 posted by Jeremy on 17:08:31 3/1/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
No, Jeremy, they CAN exist in a dry wall - or one that only OCCASIONALLY gets wet - or moist. I saw a small nest that only seemed to exist when wooden members got wet. But it was in a place that irritated the homeowner where she could experience the activity.
It was easy to find when it was active, but not even a better man than I could find it when it wasn't...
Skylights are notorious for "leaking." And it doesn't have to be a BIG leak, maybe only a seepage, and only once in awhile.
So when I see (or hear about) a problem such as this, I suspect that. Usually, the "cure" isn't insecticides. Usually it's the repair(s) of the component(s), roofing, siding, gutters or rain handling, or flashings. Plus a few that I probably forgot...
I try to describe it the way a dentist does things: You tear down to get to the problem, then FIX it, then build back out again, and yes, it can get expensive. An exterminator is cheaper and easier, but if you haven't FIXED the original problem, the ants come back, and you're back at square one...
Sometimes it's easy, as Marcia hopes (me too!), just caulking, or something easy like that.
But those easy fixes have a habit of "wearing off," and you have to do it over again. Not too bothersome if you remember, especially if you have the ants to remind you :)
And yes, sometimes you can actually HEAR them. I only have, once, (in the wild, so to speak) at a customer's house, it kinda sounded like the crinkling of cellophane. And this is with 45 years of this industry! Of course, if you LIVE there, and they are making noise, you have more of a chance of hearing them. I have heard demonstrations and recordings of same, but not in the wild.
So... If the easy fixes don't work, then you'll have to consider your next moves. And none really need an exterminator.
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