Posted by Raychel on 1:36:02 1/4/2008 from 18.104.22.168:
Happy New Year! Your website is great. I need your suggestions. I live in Virginia. There is a hole that has developed in the sheetrock wall of my house just above the baseboard. The house was built in 1972 and the lower level is brick veneer and the upper level is untreated stained wood. The hole is on a sheetrock wall on the western side of the house on the upper level where the exterior wall is wood. I noticed the hold last year and it has slowly grown. I still can't see into it though. It's about 3 inches in length and less than 1 inch high at the highest point.
Over the years I've noticed carpenter ants in this area, especially in the spring. The hardwood floor has water damage near a window in this area. When the windows were replaced about 4 years ago, the installer said they say no insect damage when they replaced the windows. The floor is dried out in that area. But I'm guessing the moisture problem is in the old wood siding.
We are having the wood siding replaced with hardieplank siding and upgrading the wall insulation this spring. Should I wait till the wood siding is pulled off to see if carpenter ants are found or should I go ahead and widen the hole to see inside the wall? From what I've read on your site, the ants should be vacuumed away and the moisture issue addressed. If the house has carpenter ants in this area, do you think there are other areas of infestation?
I appreciate any advice you can provide. Thank you.
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