I live in upstate New York. Every year we start seeing carpenter ants
crawling around the living room. We usually see about 5 or so a day in the
living room around this time of year and then more like 15 or so a day
around the rest of the house towards April and worse through the summer.
I believe there are nests in the house somewhere. I think there is probably
one in the cavities around a window in the living room as my wife had seen
one or two go behind the trim under the sill and disappear. I have gone into
the basement and seen ants crawling in the space where the tongue and groove
subfloor don't quite meet and I think they are getting through the entire
distance of the house this way. The 5/16" thick oak flooring upstairs does
not quite meet the baseboard in some places and we have also seen ants come
from the gaps.
I have two trees out front that are infested with them and need to come down
this summer. My house is bordered by deep woods on two sides and has had
pine tree branches laying on the roof when I bought it. I have since did
some major branch trimming.
I know these things have satellite nests but I don't believe the nest in the
house is a satellite because of how early in the year I see them, I think
its the real deal. In the past I have tried baiting with every bait
concoction I have read about, spraying the outside foundation with a
perimeter spray and spraying nooks with drione dust. It seemed like the
drione dust just ticked them off and forced more into the house.
Anyone have any success with locating and getting rid of these pests?
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