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2 Carpenter Ants and a Termite


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Posted by Mel NY on 9:52:24 6/8/2016 from 166.170.0.97:

Actually there were more ants...I just wanted a catchy subject line. We are in Upstate NY and built our house and just moved into it a couple months ago. In the past week, I have found and killed 7 Carpenter Ants throughout the house which, thanks to your website, I wasn't so worried about. Half of them were in the basement.

However, last night I went back in the basement to do my evening ant inspection and killed a termite. At first I thought it was another carpenter ant but upon closer inspection it was a black wingless termite (I believe this was the first termite I found as the others were definitely ants.) It was crawling on the floor along the wall. Unfortunately for this situation, our basement is framed with insulation so I can't see what lies behind the walls. I can only see the bugs if they decide to come out from behind it.

So now I'm worried. Again, we have new construction. We live in a wooded lot; have a yard full of straw trying to grow grass; it's been wet between the rain and our supplemental watering...so the conditions have been right. I know we did not have the ground pretreated while building. It wasn't even a thing we thought about with all the other construction worries. To add to the issue, we have a floating basement slab that has been insulated and has radiant heat tubes throughout. I can just see the termites applauding with approval so far!

I can discount the termite as a one time straggler that very well could have been introduced during the building process. I'm sure bugs got in and stayed while the house was being framed and built. However, I don't want things to get out of hand either. My builder recommended granules all along the perimeter of the house. I inspected the perimeter and can't figure out how they are getting in...there are no obvious places that I can seal up but I know it doesn't take much.

So do you have any recommendations or just watch and take a wait and see approach? I'm more worried about the termite because if there was one I'm sure there are more. Will the granules help or is it a waste of time and money? Do we bring an exterminator in now to treat the house on an ongoing (annual, semiannual) basis? Can we lay down bait traps instead in the nooks and crannies of the basement? Any help, ideas or comments you have would be appreciated. My wife worries about the use of insecticides, especially, with a water well within 20 feet of the house and with cats and kids getting into stuff inside.

Thank you again for maintaining this website and forum! I apologize for the length of this post. I wanted to give you all the relevant facts and questions I had.

Mel



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