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Old 08-26-2016, 12:05 PM   #1
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Carpenter Ants inside MH

Hi, has anyone experienced carpenter ants inside their MH? I see a few every once in awhile, and I'm see sawdust in places I haven't seen any before.

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Carpenter ants are typically drawn to moisture and decaying wood so they are often times more of an indication of a bigger problem somewhere. Just seeing one or two strolling around isn't a huge deal but if you start to see packs of them and piles of sawdust you probably have something going on elsewhere. The sawdust will usually have ant bodies in it.

The attached picture isn't great but should give you an idea of what the sawdust looks like when it's associated with carpenter ants.
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Here in NC we have fire ants that have a love of getting where they are not wanted. The solution that I have came up with is to encircle my tires where I park my MH with a fire ant killer, granular type. This works with keeping all the little crawling type pests out of the MH. I go refresh it at least once a month or after every heavy rain. I am sure it will also keep your carpenter ants at bay also.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:33 PM   #4
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Yeah, carpenter ants aren't really the problem - they are a symptom. They like soft wood that is easy to work with, meaning moist and/or rotted. And like nearly all the larger ants, they love termite eggs for lunch. If you are seeing carpenter ants, you most likely have a prior problem and they are taking advantage of it. In an RV, it is usually leak damage that is either current (wet wood) or past (dry rot). Termites, not so common.
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Boraxo soap is good for dealing with ants. I picked up some of the Florida variety (just like carpenter ants only red mid section.) . I got a syringe and made a small hole inside the ceiling of the closets and sprayed it into there. Gone in a few days.

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left
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