Posted by John Fasoldt on 15:15:18 6/8/2016 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: carpenter ants posted by Julie on 23:58:59 6/7/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
Julie, did I miss your post? If so, sorry. Email if I fail to answer, seems it really only happens when I'm not looking...
Now to the basement. You didn't say how many, but if it's less than (maybe) 10-12, a dozen or so, it could be normal or a springtime. What might help, right away, (non toxic!) would be ventilation. Open up the (screened windows, cross ventilation would be important.
If you're seeing this many (or more) perhaps you're ready for some kind of chemical try. Forget baits. You're seeing mostly foragers. Not the place to use baits. My advice would next be an outside application with Termidor. Works on the inside ones too, from the OUTSIDE.
If you use an exterminator, you're probably better off if you skip the biggies and get a local independent guy to do it. You don't need a contract for this, and I always considered it a once-per-season treatment. Often longer than that. My price was usually less than $200, I usually used a backpack sprayer, although sometimes I used the sprayer on the back of the truck.
If this is going to be a DIY project, and YOU'RE doing it, READ AND FOLLOW the label directions, DO NOT mix in more than the recommended amount of Termidor. Purchase a one gallon sprayer at Wal-Mart (?) about $14, do not use it for anything else except Termidor.
You can get the Termidor online, and get the smallest amount of "Termidor SC" you can get, which is about $80. It does have a shelf life, I figure about three years, four tops, (no matter what they say). After that, it has a habit of clumping up and can foul out your sprayer equipment. I also think the older it is, the worse it works. Also, after you MIX it, don't keep the diluent longer than two or three weeks, it won't be any good after that and will plug your sprayer.
And no, it won't hurt you or yours! Get back with any questions!
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