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Old 08-01-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Maybe carpenter ants.


The structure and flooring of my 2nd flr is all wooden. Overnight, I have some strange dust accumulated on my dinner table on 1st floor.

Any input will be helpful.

Looks like the dusts are directly under right one of the black steel brakets for the sturcture.

Pics are: my wooden floor/structure, and all the dusts.

Are the dusts from ants from the 2nd flooor? what kind of ants? how to kill them?
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Maybe carpenter ants.


dust? looks like a freekin woodpecker was up there

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Maybe carpenter ants.


My limited experience with carpenter ants tells me that sawdust is much too coarse for them. Usually, with CA's, it's very fine and powdery.

Someone else who knows more will weigh in soon! In the meantime, clean that up and see if more shows up the next day.
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Maybe carpenter ants.


my plan is to keep all there so I can see the accumulation. OR should I clean it out first..?
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Maybe carpenter ants.


more dusts after 2nd night.
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Maybe carpenter ants.


It's not ants, they would not leave big chips like that.
Call an exterminator.
Whatever it is, is distroying the strutual aspect of the home by remove that much wood.
Rats and squrrels will tear wood up like that.
Not saying that what it is but I've seen it before.
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Maybe carpenter ants.


Whatever it is needs to be delt with QUICK or you will be looking at the sky through the roof soon
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Maybe carpenter ants.


I agree with the others - call an exterminator! They'll walk in, take one look, and say "Oh that's xxxxxx", and start a treatment plan.

I really don't think it's carpenter ants, but whatever it is, is eating wood, and that's never a good thing. make that call!
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Maybe carpenter ants.


We have opened the metal rackets and exposed all wood on the ceiling. No obvious big holes. Couple of ants fell down. Carpenter ants.

If they were squirrels or mice, we should have seen visible routes,. no?
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Maybe carpenter ants.


Well, al I can say, at least from my monitor, that "debris" is bigger than any ants I have ever seen

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