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Apr 26, 2013 - 02:30 PM
Log homes are very difficult to treat for carpenter ants. Usually, pest control companies will come out and spray the exterior and maybe even inside. They may apply a little pesticide dust here, a little dust there, and in places where they see the ants. Most pest companies are clueless when it comes to carpenter ant control in extreme situations, and all they know to do is what they are trained to do - SPRAY!
But in a log home situation, carpenter ants can be everywhere. And spraying can make things worse. Ants can be nesting inside of logs, they can be nesting in eaves, under shingles, etc. This can be a very difficult challenge for any exterminator. They spray, take your money, and then pray you don't call them back until after your warranty is up.
We have a product called "KM Ant Pro" that is a liquid ant bait dispenser. You place "Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait" inside the KM Ant Pro Dispenser, place 4-6 KM Ant Pros around the OUTSIDE of the home, and let the ants do the work for you. No spraying, no toxic poisons, this is a great way to eliminate ants, and keep outside foraging ants from being a pest in the future.
Here is how it works - Carpenter ants have to eat to survive. They feed on aphids, honeydew and other plant pests and juices. When living indoors, they HAVE to go outdoors regularly for new food sources. They gather food sources and take them back to the nest.
The KM Ant Pro with Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait, will be a natural food source for them. They will find these bait dispensers and begin to feed. Over time, they will transition over to them, because of the constant availability of the bait. When this happens, it is only a matter of time before the colony starts to die off. Eventually, the problem is solved.
The best news however, is that with continued use and maintenance, fresh bait, etc, other foraging ants will also find the stations and meet the same fate - BEFORE they get inside.
I highly recommend this system, especially in areas where spraying pesticides won't work or is very environmentally UNFRIENDLY.
For spiders, EcoSafe Cobweb Clean-up is a great environmentally friendly product that will repel spiders and help discourage cobwebs.
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Termidor Foam is also a great void treatment such as inside walls, logs, etc. Don't spray it outdoors or indoors. Its a foam injection for logs, voids, etc..
Hope this helps.