Posted by Elli on 20:37:25 5/24/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
Hi John -
I'm starting a new thread as I think my old one got lost in the mix. I've calmed down from my initial panic the other day and am able to view my problem a bit more strategically.
So - we had a carpenter ant nest next to my garage. There was a place where the trim met up with a rotting board of siding and there was a gap. I saw some ant activity there and sure enough, one of them led me back to the entry point of the nest. I placed several dollops of Max Force gel in and around the nest, and now about three weeks later I'm seeing ants very sparingly. Most that I'm seeing are shriveling up and dying before my eyes, but there are still a few here and there that are alive and spry as can be. My first question - is that normal? Should this gel bait be taking a few weeks to work? Is it still having an effect even though it is long gone? Do ants that eat ants that were poisoned by the bait also die from being poisoned? (Ok, that was like six questions. Sorry. Getting ahead of myself.)
However, on Saturday I discovered another ant hot spot, on the opposite corner of my house. I noticed a trail of ants walking along my new picket fence like it was some sort of superhighway. I watched one for a few minutes and, sure enough, it led me back to the entry point of the nest. As I was out of the gel, I sprinkled Max Force granules on and around the fence. Some of the ants weren't interested, but many of them excitedly took granules back to the entry point of the nest. I checked back in again on Sunday, yesterday, and today and am still seeing a handful of very spry, very alive ants. Today they don't really seem to be too interested in the granules, just walking over or around them on their way to and from the nest. I have two different brands of granules that I have been using in conjunction with one another in case they get sick of one or the other, and have sprinkled fresh ones every day. Again, how quickly should I expect to see a reduction in activity? Why are they suddenly disinterested in the granules? I bought more gel, just in case, but it doesn't come until next week.
And finally - I bought a repellent spray that I plan to spray around the house to keep out the few occasional ants that wander their way in. (I don't see those ones very often (one per day at the most), and the ones that I do see seem to be on their way out. When should I spray that? Do I wait until I don't see any more activity? I also have ant killing spray. Should I spray that at the entry point of the nest, or will that affect my baiting strategy?
I know that we need to fix the areas where the ants are active. They are getting into spaces between our wood siding, so we plan to buy a tube of silicone and fill those spaces, but wanted to wait until we eliminated the ant activity.
Any advice you have would be much appreciated! And if you can offer any sort of insight to how serious our problem is (I know that's a tall order considering you can't see anything that I'm talking about), that would be appreciated as well. I just need a professional to tell me that it's not a big deal so I can calm down. Thank you!
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