Apparently termite treatment won't prevent regular ants
come into a house. But are there any treatment that can
prevent carpenter ants get in?
I see many ants around top of my basement sil/joist end.
It is near one outside wall, where there is much mulch outside).
I am not sure whether they are just ants, or carpenter's
ants. How do one tell the difference? Is it time for a
termite treatment? The house is a bit under 4 years old.
Thanks. Some of the ants I saw near the basement ceiling next to the
outside wall are black, and are about 1/8". I googled and found they
are similar to the shape of carpenter's ants.
I have no big tree outside. But they are some bushes and a a couple
of small trees, and a big mulch area (200 square foot on one side)
outside near that area. I can't remove those landscapings, as they
are next to my main entrance door, and I am not sure what the house
would look like w/o the landscaping.
I just wondering if calling termites company will be of any use.
So I just went to the HomeDepot and bought some granule ants killers,
planing to spread a heavy dose of it in that area. Do you think that
will be of any effects?
If they aren't big enuf to be carpenter ants, any RAID ant killer will kill
them. Buy one with 3 months residual action. It will take care of them for
months. Try to spray it where they are entering the house.
Wood mulch should not be piled against the house - it needs to be kept
at least 6-8" from the sills or other wood parts of structure. Just
clean it away where it is piled against the house and use a vegetation
killer once in a while to eliminate weeds along the foundation.
You've had two lessons in how bugs get into the house - termites and
ants. Gotta find their entry and clean it up and close it up.
Carpenter ants may be nesting in dead wood outside the house (landscape
timbers, dead limbs on trees or shrubs, rotting fence, etc.) or in
moisture damaged structural wood (sills, porches, railings, decks,
behind bathroom access panels). They may live outside and forage inside
for food, especially if weather conditions are unusually wet or dry.
They are pretty easy to locate by following them when they forage.
(I've had lots of ant adventures around our property :o) I consider
carpenter ants a secondary problem - the primary problem is the damaged
wood they live in and the openings they use to enter.
Your termite treatment may have a warranty to repair future damage. The
ants may be covered.
They forage at night. Walking around the foundation at night with a
flashlight is an easy way to find the entrance and to note the trails
they use. Abemectan granules are suppose to work pretty good but the
quickest surest bet is the Fipronil gel.
Stick some in the trail and they will quickly be history as they take
it back to the nest and share it.
Boric acid kills ants effectively--but it takes some time....perhaps two or
three treatments over a month or so........
Boil a tablespoon or so of the powder into a cup of water, then soak some
cloth in it so the sun wont dry it out real fast, suggest adding some sugar
to it just for good measure.........then set it near where they are entering
the building--on a hot day they will drink it as they will be thirsty--the
sugar will also attract them because it is a rich source of energy, though
if they are craving protein, some moist meat inside some container that will
keep dogs and cats out might work better.
Lots of people with sell you insecticides to kill the ants. IF they are
carpenter ants, they are likely a symptom of a problem, not a problem
alone. Conditions you describe are perfect for termites and CA's. CA's
, in addition, often move into empty termite tunnels. Carpenter ants
like dead/damp/rotted wood. If termites got in, moisture likely can
too. Get the mulch and vegetation at least 8" away from wood members of
the house structure. I would try to check the sill to see if it is
rotted; o/w, caulk openings wherever you can to block entry.
I've posted a gazillion times on this ng about CA's. Look me up for
references, or check out your state extension service for ID and
recommendations. The buggers forage at dusk, so they are easy to bait.
Getting rid of favorable conditions got rid of our CA's when
insecticide did not.
:) Apparently termite treatment won't prevent regular ants
:) come into a house. But are there any treatment that can
:) prevent carpenter ants get in?
Actually a product called termidor that is used for termite control
will also stop ant activity for a season...but no need to have termite
treatment for the ants, just have a company do an ant treatment with
:) I see many ants around top of my basement sil/joist end.
:) It is near one outside wall, where there is much mulch outside).
:) I am not sure whether they are just ants, or carpenter's
:) ants. How do one tell the difference? Is it time for a
:) termite treatment? The house is a bit under 4 years old.
The easiest way to describe carp ants is that they are a large ant.
They may be all black or red and black.
To help reduce carp ant activity around the home make sure that no
tree limbs or the shrubs aren't touching the house.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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