Posted by John Fasoldt on 12:29:13 3/16/2017 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Carpenter Ant Question posted by Jon on 17:57:36 3/15/2017 from 184.108.40.206:
Jon, usually CA's are hard to bait, it can sometimes just seem to be luck. Oftentimes, what worked last time, doesn't work this time! You could have had that magic moment! Sure, try it again. Most times I don't use bait, I have found that if you use it "too much," you'll attract them.
Also, that warm up could be just what's going on and your foundation does give them lots of places to hide.
I wouldn't worry too much about the amounts you're seeing, you'll always see the spring warm-up, and a few wanderers are really not much to worry about, even though some exterminators can scare you to death with stories.
Wait till you get that warm weather, watch those same areas, and go out in the night and check too. CA's are around at night, and if you have a problem, you'll see lots more at that time. I know, my daughter is outside of Boston (Sharon) and she sees them then also! Although her foundations are modern, she can still see them. I have never had the occasion to treat (or have her treat) those few that she sees.
If they do become a problem, forget using those ready-mixed insecticides, they are usually repellants and you can trap the ants inside and make your problems worse.
Watch trough the spring, and if all you've experienced so far, is all you see, don't worry about it. The little guys are great wanderers, over a hundred yards or more. So to have ZERO CA's, you'd almost have to live in a desert.
Go through the board here, check some of the posts about what you can do. Or get back to me for any special instructions!
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