Posted by John Fasoldt on 4:58:18 1/4/2008 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants posted by Raychel on 1:36:02 1/4/2008 from 18.104.22.168:
Hmmmmm. How long has it been since you've had a termite inspection - or treatment? I ask this only because people discover termites this way also.
Regardless, it's really up to you. The spring really isn't that far off and no matter what it is, they won't be doing too much before that time, you could easily wait til then. Besides, if it is termites, treatment during the winter is not something I usually advise.
On the other hand, opening up (and then fixing) wallboard is an easy thing to do. Although, during the winter, if it is carpenter ants, you might not detect any activity.
I assume the insulation work will be done from the outside. I would check carefully, in that area, when the outside siding has been removed, by lifting the insulation to see if anything is underneath. Finding a carpenter ant (or any ant) problem, you should study why that is. Is this the side of the house that gets prevailing wind/rain? Can you see a reason why (perhaps) some moisture is getting in? And, yes, a shop-vac, assuming you find live ants, is the way to go. In most cases, you won't need the services of an exterminator, certainly if you vacuum up all the ants and solve the moisture problem. As far as "other areas" are concerned, yes, it could happen... But I don't think this is a reason to "go bananas!" Just about any house, if you take it apart, brick by brick, board by board, you'll find these things. I have a friend that does lots of additions - he finds this a lot - and now he knows what to do about it, most of the time without calling on me.
And your choice of Hardie board is a good one - this is great stuff!
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