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Old 01-10-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Ant trails an indication of roof leak?


I noticed that in the attic I have an ant trail going up the exterior wall to the roof trusses, then up the bottom of the roof deck near the chimney.

Above the roof, I can see ants on the roof tiles, near the chimney, crawling in and out of the seams of the roof tiles.

It is apparent to me those ants are the same group of ants.

Does it mean there is a hole somewhere?

I recently redid the flashing all around the chimney and redid the tiles around it.

Using a garden hose spraying the chimney and around it does not yield any dripping water below.

Any thoughts?

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Ants are no indication of leaking unless they are trapped in water drops coming through your ceiling. Most pitched roofs are designed to shed water, not necessarily be watertight. Might wanna call an exterminator though.

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Nothing to worry about.They are just carpenter ants.They are there to help.They know what they are doing since they are carpenters.


Really though.I have seen decking that has been heavily rotted just crawling with ants.But they were not carpenters.

Call an exterminator.
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First ID the ant then treat them yourself.
Most often if there just small ants there not carpender ants. There large and black.
A simple application of Terro paste will first attact them, they bring it back to the nest and feed the queen and she dies.
http://terro.com/faq-ants.php
I've never once stripped a roof and not seen it crawling with tiny ants, why I have no clue.

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Unlike water, ants can go uphill.
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Carpenter ants eat wet wood---If you have carpenter ants--you have wet wood--

Find the leak--replace the rotted wood--no food ---no ants

Post a picture---there are some bug ID folks here ( I don't know how to spell entomologist)
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Nothing to worry about.They are just carpenter ants.They are there to help.They know what they are doing since they are carpenters.
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Nothing to worry about.They are just carpenter ants.They are there to help.They know what they are doing since they are carpenters.

Their little tool pouches look pretty cool.
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Carpenter ants eat wet wood---If you have carpenter ants--you have wet wood--

Fined the leak--replace the rotted wood--no food ---no ants

Post a picture---there are some bub ID folks here ( I don't know how to spell entomologist)
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Small correction Mike. Carpenter ants prefer wet wood.

Maybe they were just all marching up there to do some sunbathing and outdoor party!
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They are not carpenter ants. These are smaller black pavement ants.

I thought the fact that at the same location, I saw trails of ants marching up to the bottom of the roof deck and near the chimney, and also more of the same ants above the roof deck running around on the roof tiles may be an indication of some pin hole or leak that allow them to get through...
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Naw, they can go through any flashing or gap in the sheeting in your roofdeck. Like I said, your roof is designed to shed water, not be watertight.
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Call a bug man---the one from 'Men in Black' should be avoided.

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