Ants in a condo - Terror ensues
April 23, 2014 9:48 AM Subscribe
How can I make sure I don't see a single ant in my condo unit this year?
I live in a Chicago condo building - on the sixth floor of 8, in a building of about 100 units. I moved in two years ago and the first summer, there were no ants. Last year, we ended up with a new property manager and there were many ants crawling into my unit from the floor board near my balcony doors.
I called the new property manager several times last year and she had an attitude that it was normal to have ants and that I should just spray. I do not think it's normal to have ants. There's obviously a nest somewhere. At the condo association meeting last night, I brought up the ant issue we had last year and she said she has already seen them in her office! She said that when the exterminator was out, she had him spray her office. She mentioned that the ants had been there for awhile, but waited for him to come out for his usual visit instead of calling him at the first ant sighting!
I am extremely upset about her attitude towards the ants. I have never experienced an ant infestation anywhere I have lived, but according to her, they are everywhere and there's no avoiding them. I'm scared to death of ants. Is there anything I can do to convince her that this is a very serious issue? Is there some literature I can send her showing that an ant infestation is not normal?
Secondly, I want to avoid seeing a single ant in my unit, so I want to prepare for their arrival and make sure they don't arrive. How can I do that? Last year, I received advice from other people in my building and the building's exterminator that I should leave out bait so that they pick it up and bring it back to the nest to kill them. I do not want to leave out bait. It's disgusting and I don't want ants showing up in my condo in the first place! I called an independent exterminator last year, who advised me that it doesn't make sense to treat my unit alone and that I would be wasting my money by having them spray since they would come back immediately. What can I do though?
Knowing all of the above, what can I do to prevent seeing a single ant in my unit this summer? I haven't seen one yet, but the property manager stated that her office has already been infested, so I know they are making their way up from her first floor office to my sixth floor condo unit.
Note, they are tiny black ants, if it matters.