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Posted by Adam on 19:23:26 4/23/2018 from 97.116.165.181:

Hi John,

First, let me say that your carpenter ant page is exactly what it needs to be for people who don't know much about the topic and who also have, shall we say, active imaginations, and thank you very much for that.

The issue I have is that I just don't know what is cause for concern and what isn't. Every spring I see a few winged carpenter ants now and again on my siding and in my yard, as well as seeing carpenter ants in the usual places throughout the seasonand for some reason this has (in years past) been enough to cause me a great deal of consternation regarding possible infestation. As I read more into the subject, I understood that this really shouldn't be a big alarm, because frankly, carpenter ants are everywhere.

Furthermore, I have spent way too many a night inspecting the siding and perimeter of my home with a covered flashlight, and I have not seen any consistent sign of carpenter ant activity. And I have no persistent water damage in my home that I am aware of. But then I read that you can certainly have an infestation (behind a shower wall perhaps) and really never even see the ants.

So, from a pro to a definitely non-pro, what would you say to someone who hasn't been able to find a good balance between vigilance and going way overboard with concern?

Thank you very much for your time John, it is very greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Adam



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