Oh my god the ants, help!
June 2, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
We've been battling a carpenter ant infestation unlike any before. In past years we've had NO PROBLEM getting rid of them quickly. This year, they seem to be all over the house, and we're trying all the same tricks with no luck. I don't think we've ever been cleaner and we've been keeping things in airtight containers as we normally do. I have questions about how this could happen and what I can do.
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Facts: Two story home with a basement and outdoor (concrete) patio in the city. Ants have been spotted in kitchen, 2nd story bathroom, and as of today, the TV room that is next to the bathroom on the second floor. House is cleaned regularly, especially the kitchen where they are the most common. Countertops are cleaned at least once a day and we are good about not leaving out food. However, even the littlest accidental crumb left results in ANT TERROR (on our part, not theirs). Today I slipped and left an empty granola bar wrapper in a bowl on the coffee table in the TV room (which again, is on the second floor and far, far away from the kitchen) and I came home to more ANT TERROR. There were barely any crumbs in the package at all! Maddening. Also potentially important: We live next door to an abandoned house where all kind of animals and random passers by take shelter. The house is barely just a roof over head, especially at the back of the house where there is no siding at all, just exposed wood and huge holes right into the house, as well as broken windows. Lots of trash inside the house, too.
Why the 2nd floor bathroom? What are they sustaining themselves on there, and bonus, how did they get there when the other other major sighting, until today, is the downstairs kitchen? Is there piping connecting or something? They have definitely been hanging around there, not just scouting.
Could it be that our leaky faucet, which pumps water onto the kitchen counter (sometimes even after the faucet is turned off and we are long gone, leaving standing water around the sink) is encouraging this uncontrollable ant infestation? We are working to fix this AT THIS MOMENT, but I'm curious.
Where might the colony be? Is it possible that it is IN our house? or more likely next door in the abandoned house or in its yard? Or somewhere in the ground... somewhere else?
What more can we do? We are currently using the bait traps and trying to keep everything as clean as we can. Putting borax traps down is not doable as we have a cat and a dog. Thanks!