Last year we had a large number of big black ants coming out from under the toilet on our 2nd floor bathroom. What I mean by large numbers is 19 to 20 @ a time. I had to tape around the bottom of the toilet to keep them from coming in. This year I keep finding dead, big black ants with wings mostly in the kitchen. Every spring our home is invaded with these ants, yet this year is the first time I’ve seen so many with wings. Do you think we have nests in our home?
I would say you most likely have at least one nest in your home. And based on the amount of activity you’re reporting, I suggest you either hire a service company to treat or get the products they’d use from us and do the treatment yourself. Since it sounds like one nest is located in the floor under the toilet, that’s where I would do the initial treatment.
First you should read our CARPENTER ANT ARTICLE. It covers all you’ll need to know about these ants so you should be able to decide if you want to handle it yourself or hire a service after reading what’s involved. In the article you’ll learn about DRIONE DUST which no doubt should be used to treat the floor void under the toilet. This product alone could end up solving your problem if you hit a nest in this area. And based on how many ants you’ve seen around the toilet, I’m sure there is at least one nest in this location.
In our article you’ll also learn that seeing ants with wings means the nest is sending out “reproductives” whose responsible for starting a new nests. This usually happens a year or two after a nest is established so it falls in line “time wise” with what you’re reporting. In other words, if the nest started last year, this year is when you would first start seeing swarmers.
Once the void is treated, I would also treat any other room with PHANTOM AEROSOL to make sure you don’t miss any nests. Lastly, I’d spray the outside foundation with PHANTOM CONCENTRATE. Getting the home treated with Phantom would insure any other nests are not missed in case there are some satellite colonies you’re unaware of location wise.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Carpenter Ants: http://www.carpenterants.com/carpenter-ant-control