Hello. We have signs of an ant infestation (black and winged black ants) in one of the walls of our home--main floor dining area that is attached to the deck. The ants come out of the top frame of the sliding glass door. We live in a subdivision in Haslett, MI. We have an exterminator who recommends Phantom insecticide, and would like to treat all the baseboards on our main floor and upstairs, including the bedrooms. We are extremely worried about the toxic effects of this treatment. Is there a product out there that is safer for us, our cat and the environment, that will be effective in killing the ants? Do you think it's necessary to treat the baseboards in the entire house, since there are no signs of the ants anywhere else? Thank you VERY much in advance for any help and advice you can give us. Ellen Rothfeld
Ingham County Michigan
Sounds like carpenter ants and you probably have water coming somewhere around that door. I think you should send or bring me some of those ants so I can ID them for you so you know what you're up against.
To preserve and protect fragile specimens, it’s always best to submit insects in a small leak proof vial filled with rubbing alcohol or vinegar (the postal service prefers you send them in vinegar). Place the vial in a small zip-lock baggie, then in a small box or mailing tube and mail to
Plant and Pest Diagnostics
578 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing MI 48824-6469
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