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    Carpenter ants invasion of new house!

    Umm, new house and getting settled in. Sitting on my back patio, and have seen the past few days some rogue carpenter ants cruising around up to no good! Wife thinks the hardy board siding will keep them out of the house, but I know better. Anyone know the best way to handle this? Call an exterminator? Spray some crap I buy from Lowe’s? Pee on my house? I’m being very protective of my investment right now, and don’t want any creepy crawlies, or anything that wants to move in. Suggestions?
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    Once upon a time, way back when I was a married man we used and exterminator for a few years in an older unique home we had bought. I think they treated three maybe four times a year and it may have been $200 a year.
    You would not find one single ant in the house after that, even though they were all over when we moved in.
    Now, since I am forever alone I need to save money and maintain all expenses myself I have treated with products available from local big box stores that I mix into my sprayer.
    It helps, but seems to "wear out" after a month or so. Will see ants come back in until I spray again.
    I don't know exactly what the service used to spray but hopefully somebody who knows a lot on this subject will chime in.
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    A question I actually know!!! So I have a private applicator license, you need termidor. If you know someone with a license get them to get it and soak the ground around the slap. Soak everything, but termidor is expensive about $180. If you hire a exterminator request they use it and make sure they use it at the right ratio and you’ll never see those termites or any kind of ant for years.
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    And with fire ants use bait. Put a chip on the ground and wait. If you see them in gathering mode then it’s time to put out bait. Otherwise you are wasting your time. And never disturb their mount or put the bait on top on the mound 4-6ft away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron horse View Post
    A question I actually know!!! So I have a private applicator license, you need termidor. If you know someone with a license get them to get it and soak the ground around the slap. Soak everything, but termidor is expensive about $180. If you hire a exterminator request they use it and make sure they use it at the right ratio and you’ll never see those termites or any kind of ant for years.
    I forgot to mention I have 2 dogs....

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    Shame you can't get Chlordane. Dad used to put it in a watering can and sprinkle it all around perimeter of house every few years. We never saw an ant, spider, anything in the house.

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    Hope you find a good solution. I had some carpenter ants in a pile of lumber I was using to build my barn. They can do some nasty damage!

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    Termidor SC Termiticide | Solutions Pest Lawn
    I’ll look into this. Thanks guys. I’ll let you know how it goes
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    A question I actually know!!! So I have a private applicator license, you need termidor. If you know someone with a license get them to get it and soak the ground around the slap. Soak everything, but termidor is expensive about $180. If you hire a exterminator request they use it and make sure they use it at the right ratio and you’ll never see those termites or any kind of ant for years.
    I forgot to mention I hadve 2 dogs....
    Just ant type colonizing insects. Dogs and cats are fine. It’s meant for outside perimeter. My little shack was getting ate up, killed everything after one time. Where mask and goggles for sure.

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    I've used Taurus SC for the last couple of years and it has worked well. Effects seem to last a couple months at least if I douse everything really well. I do have a private applicators license, but it's not required for this product. I think I got it off Amazon.

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