we are finding one or two ants a day ( or evening ) on the floor or kitchen counter in our mobile home in Zephyr hills ,florida—they appear to be dead ,then will move a bit as we try to kill them—why are they lethargic and what can we do about them–I have even found one or two on the bed during the day. We were sprayed in December, 2010.
Based on the small amount of activity you’re seeing, I’m not sure you can track the ants like we explain you should do in our CARPENTER ANT ARTICLE. But as you can see, they’ll remain active throughout the winter if the nest is located somewhere on the home. At this point I would suggest setting out some CARPENTER ANT GEL. Any that feed on it will be affected and with any luck, some will bring it back to the nest and kill it before spring arrives.
If the nest is still active this spring, I’m sure you’ll see a surge in the activity. At that point you should be able to locate the nest and treat it with the DRIONE DUST discussed in our article. This would be your best option if you know where the nest is located. If not, using the TERMIDOR would probably knock them out if you do a thorough treatment.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Carpenter Ant Article: http://www.carpenterants.com/carpenter-ant-control
Carpenter Ant Gel: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page560.html
Drione Dust: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page91.html