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rdy4trvl

05:11PM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
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My parents have a two-story house in Michigan. They have a carpenter ant (large black ants) problem in-between the first and second floor. A couple weeks ago a plumber was in the second floor bath to replace a leaking toilet seal. When the toilet was removed, a large mass of ants fell out from under the toilet – it was a huge party…drinks and munchies were (on) the house. Evidently, they had crawled up through the rotted area around the toilet drainpipe. A lethal dose of RAID! was administered. The problem – carpenter ants continue to appear on the first floor. Any suggestions on how to extract all the ants without a full house fumigation or removing the first floor ceiling drywall? A small section of drywall on the first floor below the leaking toilet was removed (water damaged), but there are no signs of ants here. (Limitations – my mother has outlawed the further use of RAID or similar chemicals)

bobp

05:34PM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
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You need to remove all infested material or pinpoint treat infested areas and have professional perimter treatments of the home. If possible locate the parent colony (usually within a hundred feet of the home) and treat it. Fumigation is not effective. What you are seeing is probably satellite colonies from outside the home.
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