Posted by John Fasoldt on 10:36:12 8/31/2017 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Possible carpenter ants? posted by Jack V on 8:17:29 8/31/2017 from 126.96.36.199:
Usually, random activity as you describe it, is not anything to be upset about... However, your description of a built-in bookcase makes me perk up my ears. Knowing that building anomalies or additions like this can be something I might consider suspect. Is this on an outside/inside wall; how long have you lived there; any problems before this?
If it's "seasonal," or otherwise weather-related, it all ends quickly without you having to resort to carpet-bombing the area. REMEMBER: They are harmless insects and have no interest in humans, and they do not carry nor vector any diseases.
If you do anything "chemical," use those small plastic bait pucks, get the ones with Fipronil as the AI. (Get the ones with the most Fipronil.) Dip them in warm water before use to restore any moisture.
And, of course, the next question is: how handy (or rich) are you? Because if you DO have a problem, and if you have to actually FIX it, then it's probably gonna take a carpenter-type person. So, if you can be the carpenter-person, you'll save a bunch of money. Start dismantling "it" until you get to the problem (you will find it) and then put it all back together. Run across the ants? Shop-vac time, no exterminators, no bombs, no nothing, just FIX it. Come back with any Q&As.
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