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Re: Carpenter Ants in back yard, not on house


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Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:09:02 5/18/2018 from 97.103.243.16:

In reply to: Carpenter Ants in back yard, not on house posted by Tim on 13:33:44 5/17/2018 from 70.78.192.235:

Well, Tim, I think that, first of all, you should keep "trying not to freak out and panic" like you said... It's never helpful.

All of waht you said, even in BC, is just Nature. To me, you haven't described anything that I would be 'afraid of,' or even anything I could recommend treatment for. Unfortunately, a good many people are "scared" of bugs of any kind, and exterminators are filled with bad actors that magnify the whole affair, especially when CA infestations are found in or on your house. It's almost never as bad as they say. In all my years, I spent more time "educating" than I ever did "treating."

The fact that you have observed the populations around your yard, and trees, just sound like "normal" activity, especially in the spring. It's still the "spring," even down here (I'm in Florida now) and especially up where you are! So I think you should wait and see what happens (if anything) and gulp down those signs of panic.

As far as the Termidor is concerned, I'm not sure why Canada is so much against Termidor (NY is like that too) but I have a suspicion that they are afraid of wide usage of insecticides by people that don't follow the guidelines of its use - mostly by using too much and too often, and in the wrong places. Myself, I think Termidor is fabulous for termites. Ants too. Actually, any social insect - bees, hornets or wasps too. So you really have to be careful in the spring when bees are around, they can contact Termidor and can foul an entire hive of bees. Used correctly, it's a miracle.

Not sure when, or even if, Canada (or NY) will authorize it for use. If you bring it in from the states, make sure you follow directions EXACTLY. I have to say that, because many do bring it home, even though I say "don't," so I want to be sure you are careful if you do. For humans, it's no more "toxic" than other insecticides, but it can be for insects. Those ants you see wandering to and fro, are no big deal as long as you don't see them trailing inside!

If you plan on using it, email me for instructions, I want to be sure you are using correctly!

Hope this helps, get back if you have questions!

---John



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