FLORIDA CARPENTER ANT problem on outside of house

I have an ant problem that I ignore every summer, but I am about to have my first child and am taking care of loads of things around the house that I have been putting off, so I figured I would take care of this too...
I live in central Alabama. Hot and ussually humid. Black ant hills and fire ant hills in my yard are annoying, but I live with them. I dont run around in my yard so they dont bother me. I just run over them with a lawn mower, laugh about it, and avoid the area for about a day.
Luckily, it hasnt rained here in weeks so they are very dormant now (and pretty ticked off! MUHAHAHA!)
However, I have a 3rd type of ant which I assume to be a "FLORIDA CARPENTER ANT" (more details here: http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/carp.htm )
they are black and red. Not small, but certainly not 1950s-era horror movie size either.
I rarely see them on the ground but mostly see them on my fascia board around my house. I may even spot them slipping in and out a small crack in my facia boards (where they meet) around my house. My first reaction is "They live in my house!". I freak out, then realize I have NEVER seen an ant in my house (termites are a different story, but never an ant...knock on semi-digested wood), so they don't bother me, I dont bother them. But at this point, it's just plain unsettling to think about. I dont walk much in my addic, so I cant say if they live there or not, but I will say (And this may be the problem) that I have gutters... that, yes (hanging my head in shame) do collect water from time to time... okay, much of the time. And I can only assume these ants are digging that seemingly endless water supply which is how they can survive so far off the ground...
Do any of you know-more-than-me people have any suggestions for killing these outdoor pests? I hate to think of them creating a colony within the wood of my home... albeit, they arent coming IN my house, but wait till that one wise ant realizes that the box of ceral in teh cupboard isnt all that far away and tells all his buddies!
Ive heard of Terro and people seem to have good luck with it, but my issue is outside and pretty much on the top half of my house.. tried amdro... and ive literally seen the red ants pick it up, move it a foot or so away from the mount, and come back to move another... it is like they got the memo that it is poison.
thanks SO MUCH in advance! Jazz Mann
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I was afraid I'd get an answer like yours.. look friend, thats what the internet is for...
anyone have any real advice? If it is a "smart" comment, please save yourself the time and post it elsewhere...

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Jazz wrote:

For the most part Carp Ants are hard to control with baits such as Terro or other boric acid gels, though some claim to have success. There are 2 professional products you can find over the web or at a "do-it-yourself" type pest control stores. One is Advance Carp Ant Granules I have used these on a number of occasions to see if they worked and they did stop activity of ants where I had no idea where the nest actually was.
The other product is Maxforce Gel Carp Ant Bait. I have not used this myself but all the exterminators that i know ho have used it claim the same results with the Advance granules.
Another possibility on your ants may be Acrobat Ants, which do seem to feed on the Terro, but they also readily eat the Advance product too. Lar
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If you have carpenter ants in your house you have rotten wood in your house.
ANTS Look up ants. http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/A/index.html
In other words you have wood in your house that was chemically altered when it was part of a living tree. http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/HTMLFILES/ant_galleries.html
They will find this wood in your house. Its amazing how they know its there. Just like some creature new there was carpenter ants inside this tree. It really wanted them ants bad. http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/HTMLFILES/ants-cavities.html
Sincerely, John A. Keslick, Jr. Arborist http://home.ccil.org/~treeman and www.treedictionary.com Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology. Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us that we are not the boss.

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