Posted by John Fasoldt on 10:39:47 4/30/2017 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Quick Follow-up Re: Carpenter Ant Question posted by Jon on 12:07:56 4/29/2017 from 184.108.40.206:
Oh, don't worry, they're all over the place! You get a big bump in the spring, especially when you're watching...
And of course there's a good chance your neighbor has, perhaps, an attractive habitat, probably for lots of creatures.
As long as you're not seeing any on the inside, my advice would be to await a problem. You can live in one place, for a long time, and never have a problem. By the same token, you can live in one place, for a long time, and have problems every single year. And guess what? They can be next door to each other...
For small problems, an assortment ant baits are available and effective, look for ones using the active ingredient of Fipronil. Outside, skip the baits, they're not as effective, and it's available to non-target animals, not ever cool. Same active, using Termidor SC, mixed and applied according to label specs. Don't use this on flowering plants, as it does affect honeybees.
Resist the temptation to spray the "LOTS" you may see so often in the spring. The birds will be attracted to such a generous food supply and mostly take care of the problem. But they'll be upset if you spray THEIR food with poisons!
Just remember that effective use of insecticides is to use as little (or none) as possible. Using insecticides as a "protectant," demands a regular treatment, whether you need it or not. Figure a "win" if you don't need it.
I lived in my house for 38 years and I think I spot-treated it twice, and for ants. Other than the two times we had mice, we had nothing else. I guess, for an exterminator, that's not a very good commercial...
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