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Old 07-25-2016, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Exterminator Treating for Carpenter Ants

We have been battling carpenter ants in my apartment this year- I'd seen evidence of them for a couple years but not actively inside until lately. They have been foraging randomly in small numbers on our top floor where the bedrooms/hedgies are, but a month ago they suddenly invaded my kitchen for the trash can. I tried Terro baits and they gobbled them up for three days and they are no longer making a line to my trash, or anywhere for that matter. Now they avoid the bait areas like the plague and are just randomly everywhere all over both floors of my apartment, so scattered that I can't follow their trails. I found a couple in the hedgie room, and as soon as I saw one in my girl's cage I started spraying vinegar around both cages multiple times a day. They ignore the sugary bait as well as the cat food; they seem to want water.

Anyway, we're probably going to give in and have an exterminator here soon, and I am wondering what types of treatments to avoid as being not safe for hedgies. I've read that exterminators deem sprays okay for pets as long as you take them out of the house for like four hours and ventilate after? Is that safe for hedgies? Because I have no where to board them if they need to be gone longer! What if no pesticides are sprayed in the hedgie room itself? They definitely might want to spray in the surrounding rooms, but there doesn't seem to be much activity in the room with the hedgies.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm tired of being anxious that me or my hedgies are gonna get bit, so I want to do everything we need to without putting them in danger!
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