Posted by Ken on 17:24:49 9/18/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
Zero activity for weeks now at the wasp nest. :C)
Do ants come into the house after a rain? Last spring we had a bunch of ants and the ant traps took care of them for the whole summer, which was dry. The day after the remnants of Hannah came through we had a lot. I put out one of those gourmet traps and they went to it right away and within a day there were no more. After that last rain we again got tons of them. I put out another gourmet and they went to it strongly for a day and then they ignored it. This time they stuck around for a while. Today there were one or two all day. I am thinking that they might return after the next rain, unless you think that it has just been a coincidence.
One other factor that I can think of. The night before Hannah I took down a hummingbird feeder and I did not put it back since hummingbirds never found it. :c( Hundreds of ants were feeding on that every day all summer. Perhaps those ants were looking for a new source? If I do try again with the hummingbirds next year I will get one with the ant moat trap.
So... question is, are they a pest more so after a rain or do you think that the traps are working on new colonies finding the house. As you know from the fact that I did not use enough of the dust on the wasps, I am not a fan of chemicals, thus I don't like the idea of spraying around the perimeter of the house and rooms.
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