Posted by John Fasoldt on 16:03:36 3/30/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Same as email/ new issue. posted by Marcia on 15:10:37 3/30/2015 from 184.108.40.206:
I now see your email, but will answer here. I only check that email account every few days because I get so much SPAM there.
Your problem sounds like ants... They will nest in ceilings, usually it's in some kind of foamboard, but it could be any kind.
I would suggest getting up on a ladder (BE CAREFUL!) with a strong light and try and pinpoint where the "dust" is coming from. Usually it's the ejecta they push out from their galleries, so look immediately above where the dust collects. A teaspoon sounds like an appreciable amount for just a day, so you should be able to see where it's coming from.
For something like that we would normally treat (from the inside) with a dust or with Phantom. On the outside, we might treat with Phantom or Termidor. And we might do both the inside and the outside, depending on conditions, but would probably start on the inside, it's probably easier to get to.
I don't consider either treatment to be any big deal, and it's something you could probably do yourself, depending on how handy you or hubby might be. Nowadays, with the Internet, most any (legal) insecticide will be easy to find, it's just the expertise you will be missing - which I can relate to you here.
One word of caution, DO NOT seal up any holes or cracks you may see until you are SURE you have solved the problem. If you seal it up, any further problem will be almost impossible to easily treat, and the surviving ants will always find another place to do their dirty work. You could wind up just chasing them around...
And it doesn't really matter which message board you use, although the Ant Board would be best if it's actually ants. But since you started here you can just come back to here! People tend to check ALL my boards if they really have a problem!
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