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Ant infestation

A month or two ago I found water dripping into the garage from around one of the skylights. Finally got around to breaking into the wall to see how much dry rot damage was done, when I found a whole other problem.

There were way more ants than the photos here showed. Most of them dropped straight into big plastic trash bags that were promptly zip tied shut.

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Note the 1/2" round holes that were drilled into the rafters. The ants used these to spread about 8' across the roof. It was literally raining ants and ant eggs the second I broke the drywall out.
Note the 1/2" round holes that were drilled into the rafters. The ants used these to spread about 8' across the roof. It was literally raining ants and ant eggs the second I broke the drywall out.
Someone caulked (the gray line) the gap at the top of the vents on this one, but the others were wide open, which is how they got in.
Someone caulked (the gray line) the gap at the top of the vents on this one, but the others were wide open, which is how they got in.
The bottom of the shop vac. The ants were surprisingly able to hold on to the wood - had to clean it out multiple times to keep the suction up.
The bottom of the shop vac. The ants were surprisingly able to hold on to the wood - had to clean it out multiple times to keep the suction up.
Its easy to see the channels they had worn into the insulation. I think they had been up there for many years.
Its easy to see the channels they had worn into the insulation. I think they had been up there for many years.
The total ant infested area. I spent hours just vacuuming ants, and didn't get a chance to really look at the extent of the dry rot damage.
The total ant infested area. I spent hours just vacuuming ants, and didn't get a chance to really look at the extent of the dry rot damage.
 


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