Posted by John Fasoldt on 8:09:39 7/11/2017 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Winged ants posted by Jen on 23:33:54 7/10/2017 from 188.8.131.52:
Yes. A new home and 'major work outside' is a recipe for what you have seen. So it would be quite normal to see that. I say "normal," that would be as much as 50% of the time. Most people either work through it, or do it DIY - which may not have even been necessary.
That being said, I know from experience that those symptoms would still concern or upset almost everybody, man or woman. Even the WIFE of an exterminator...
If, perhaps, it was happening to a house that we pre-treated for termites, or a regular customer of ours, I'd arrange to go out, check out the problem and tell the homeowner, "We'll take care of it." (Probably on the spot.)
Frankly, being an exterminator, I recognize the problems you are having, and I know that this is mostly a springtime thing and can disappear with even ZERO treatments. Naturally, if the problem is severe, or otherwise deserves some kind of treatment, I would either recommend it or provide the treatment gratis.
So right off, I would say it's up to you. There's no harm in waiting to see what happens, whatever you actually do can be done at a later time anyway. The ants are not dirty, they don't transmit or vector diseases and are essentially harmless. The chemicals that you spray are vastly more harmful than those ants. Best NON-TOXIC thing for ants? A vacuum.
The "flying" ones are just a short life stage, baits won't work on them, and they'll all be dead in a short while anyway. Use the vacuum on them.
The ones "walking around?" They may (or may not) be interested in taking the bait you present. They are very picky eaters and effective baiting actually takes experience.
I've left it for last, but depending on your experiences with the Realtor, landscaper or the builder, or if the house was pre-treated for termites, you could possibly call that company and talk to someone that can answer the questions you posed here. Every exterminator has a different business outlook, but I had a good relationship with all the builders I worked with, so I wanted everyone to be happy - especially me.
It's also kinda hard to "diagnose" over the internet, there are so many factors... Take your time to make up your mind and get back with questions.
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