This year, the usual infestation of carpenter ants returns.
I bought some ant baits from Walmart. Put them out.
In years gone by, I'd had success with liquid ant bait from
Gardens Alive (dot com) but this year they seem to ignore
What works for you?
IME as a PCO in MT, C ants tend to nest in the highest part of a
structure. Log/P&B structures seem particularly susceptible, so the
first place I looked was the ridge pole.
Just because you don't see ants doesn't mean you don't have ants,
which is the weak link in baits. A properly applied chemical barrier
ensures if they move about, they're gonna die.
Have you tried praying for relief? If so, your C ants are probably
part of God's mysterious plan.
Only noticed subject line, until as hit "send" the c-ant word popped
Don't have carpenter ants here so can't say; read labels and/or go to
Amdro site for recommendations, if they have something specific.
I'd try it and see; bound to be other ants and similar pests to use it
for anyway... :)
On Sun, 1 May 2011 10:00:10 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
The carpenter ants I see seem to have a home base underground and the
ones you see in the house are satellite nests. I couldn't get rid of
mine for the longest time and I was finding eggs and dozens of nest
tenders everywhere (not really in wood). The strangest spot was a
diskette case. Finally one morning my wife saw then swarming from the
mulch in front of the house. A white bucket full of a diazanon
solution (follow label instructions) took care of that and we never
saw another carpenter ant in the house.
On May 1, 11:40 am, email@example.com wrote:
I used Terro which is a liquid one that comes in little tray like
devices and had good results. You could see they were taking the
bait right from day one. Took about a month and a half, but
they all disappeared and haven't seen any since.
On Sun, 01 May 2011 11:01:39 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I didn't really have any rotting wood for them so they improvised,
living in any dark place. They were in the water bed (no leaks) and
the coffee maker. I suppose that was near water but not really rotting
wood. The diskette case was the real baffling one.
We were getting pretty tired of having 100 ants running around
carrying eggs every time we picked something up.
On Sun, 01 May 2011 12:45:53 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
They need water to survive. It really doesn't need to be rotting wood, just
wet (soon to be rotting ;-).
Yeah, wives are like that. ;-) I had a fairly small issue with carpenter
ants just before we sold our first house. They'd made a nest in the structure
under the 'fridge. The overflow was leaking a little water down into the
flooring below. We caught it well before there was significant structural
damage but I had to open up the floor, kill the buggers, and rebuild it all.
We had big problems with the teensie sugar ants when we first moved into this
house. The even got into unopened molasses bottles. I nuked the yard with
ant killer for two years (spring, fall, then spring) and that seems to have
taken care of them. I'll probably do it again in the next week or so.
On Sun, 01 May 2011 15:31:12 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Nope, it was a plastic box with the dividers for the old 5.25"
diskettes and CDs.
W had the little ants that get into everything and I injected poison
into the walls where all the pipes come up from the slab and baited
them. I am not sure what got them but they are gone. They were
actually the last sweet ants we ever saw.
We had the white foot black ants that were very selective protein
eaters and as they changed I changed, making a bait from whatever they
started eating. The last bait I used was based on dog food the dog had
chewed and dropped on the floor, the only thing they were eating at
the time. After that they couldn't find anything to eat so they left.
I had carpenter ants getting in my corner boards. Local exterminator
took a look at it and said I should get my house treated for termites
and this would also take care of the ants. Since several homes in my
neighborhood had recently be damaged by termites this seem like a good
idea. 12 years later no termites and no ants. House was treated with
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