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Re: 2 Carpenter Ants and a Termite


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Posted by John Fasoldt on 18:33:05 6/8/2016 from 142.197.32.98:

In reply to: 2 Carpenter Ants and a Termite posted by Mel NY on 9:52:24 6/8/2016 from 166.170.0.97:

Don't apologize for the length of your post, the more info I have, the easier it is for me to make decisions.

First of all, you have a brand new house! And it seems like, a few critters inside too. Not too unusual, as you said, and certainly not too many when you have the conjunction of a new house, the springtime, the rain and the foraging ants. And seven ants in a week ain't too bad, actually - for any house. So my advice would be to (maybe) open up those screened basement windows and let the basement ventilate. Forget chasing a few foraging workers with a can of insecticide.

At the moment, my advice would be to just wait and watch. In what I see, you really have no problem that I would advise you treating. Either by yourself or professionally.

So I would continue with the landscaping, the straw and bother less with the (harmless) critters it may bring into your house, and concentrate on getting the outside in order and worry less about a few ants. As your house and property mature, you'll have less problems like that.

The basement sounds great! Love the radiant heating, my daughter has it and loves it. Yeah, well, you didn't treat it... You aren't the only one! But, realistically, you probably won't experience a termite problem for 10-20 years. If your subcontractors did a good job of cleaning up the backfilled areas, didn't leave wooden artifacts in the backfill, you'll have even longer before you (probably) have a termite problem.

Ok, now to the "termite" you found. It wasn't a termite. You know how I know? Because you never have just one termite. You have hundreds! You'll swear there's millions, and it will look like that too. Termites (and wings) all over the place, your wife will go nuts lol. Mine did, and she knew what was going on.

So forget about the termite problem. Handle it when it happens (years from now) and when you next build a home, specify pre-treatment during construction, using a termiticide, forget those fancy baiting schemes.

BTW, you would have to use a LOT of insecticides to affect the well on your present property. Just normal pest control procedures won't affect the well, you, your wife, your kids or your pets. You can use whatever you need, responsibly, with no problem. Hell, you can probably use it irresponsibly with no problem. Just don't do it!

One thing, find out how deep that well is.

I think I have it all, if not, get back to me!

---John



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