I may have spoken too soon. Last year there was a bigger pile of sawdust on the basement floor so I was more concerned about the carpenter ants.
I went down there today and noticed something disturbing. That little pile of sawdust is nothing compared to the big pile of sawdust that has been swept aside, probably by someone’s foot. It is usually dark there so I didn’t see it.
Carpenter ants take advantage of moist wood to chew tunnels and make their nests. They don’t eat wood so it helps if you keep a clean house so as not to encourage them to come inside for food.
Unfortunately there is plenty of food for them in our house because we don’t keep up with the cleaning very well.
A few years ago I had a major battle with these ants–professionals were called, wood was replaced, but they returned, albeit in lesser numbers.
It is difficult to justify calling the pros in again since the permanent solution is going to be renovating. However, I might whip up my ant-killing recipe and treat this nest if I get a minute.
Does it make economic sense to put time and money into fixing one small problem when our plan will fix it and many other problems at the same time and forever?