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Tom asks about flying ants....

John,

I found a lot of ants inside my house the other day, very small ants milling around on one window sill and frame (hunrdreds) and a few dozen winged insects in the same room. There has been no sign of them since then, except some dead winged ones and an occaisional small ant walking around.

I live in a Victorian brick twin in southeast Pennsylvania. The basement is pretty damp, due to a high water table, which sometimes puts water into the basement through the floor in one spot.

I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.

Tom Pavelchek



And my reply....

Hi, Tom:

Carpenter ants are LARGE - they're the big black ones you see on trees.  Anyone can have the problem you are having, at any time, and it doesn't have to mean anything.  And, as long as you haven't seen them again, and never have before, I wouldn't worry about doing anything!

That was easy, wasn't it?

Of course, even the small ants can nest inside the hollows around a window.  Old houses tend to have more room for this and tend to have more ways for the ants to enter.  Keep watch on that window to see if you notice more ants - if you do, DON'T use raid.  If you need to use anything, use drione dust.  You should be able to get it locally (it isn't restricted) but if you can't, it's one of the insecticides we can sell to the public, if you can't find any, send me an email, I'll send you the details.

My advice would be not to purchase or use this unless you have the same problem again.  Something like this might never happen again.

Hope this helps!

----john



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