Posted by John Fasoldt on 11:12:16 6/9/2016 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Ants posted by Jean on 7:22:46 6/9/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
Hi, Jean! The fact that you seem to have them (mostly) in a certain area, might make a careful search in order.
Certainly caulking will help, you could almost do it every year or two, depends on the age and placement of your home. Oh, and your luck too... And no, you can't trap them inside using caulk, even after your most aggressive caulking campaign. They will always find a way!
I would focus on the window first. I have seen LOTS of this kind of window being part of the problem. Skylights, ill-fitting sliding doors, bay windows, you name it.
So take a critical look at the area and roll it all over in your brain, take a STRONG flashlight (even in the daytime) along with some sort of a tool to probe some of those areas, such as a dentist would do to your teeth, in an exam.
Granted, you might not have all the experience or knowledge a pro should have, but you might just discover something. Even after 45 years in the field, I'm not ever surprised to be surprised...
Large numbers of ants in the springtime is not unusual. And ants, occasionally, inside, are not unusual either. When I say "large numbers," inside, you could see 10-12 in a day. Usually all over, with no specific area. NBD. It's only a Big Deal when you have that many all the time, especially in one certain area(s). At that point, you look first for the cause. And rectify that, usually without any insecticides necessary.
If you just opt for the chemical (usually cheaper and easier) they're just going to come back and you'll be back at square one. So FIND and FIX is best.
The deck (and steps) would be under inspection too, especially when the steps are replaced. Yes, pressure treated yellow pine (if you can get it) would be the ultimate. Hard stuff! Might out last you lol.
Hope I got it all, if not, get back to me.
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