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Can anyone help me identify this?

Posted by dragonfly_wings (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 6, 10 at 9:28

I'm hoping that others have run across this while cleaning and can help me to identify it.

It is a kind of web embedded with what looks like wood dust particles. It's located along the wood frame to my brick fireplace. I can wipe it away, no problem. In fact I've done that before, but it eventually shows up again.

But what is causing it? I don't see any insects in or around it. Is it a sign of termites or wood ants or what?

What is it?

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RE: Can anyone help me identify this?

How old is your house?

RE: Can anyone help me identify this?

This house was built in the 80's, so it's around 25-30 years old.

RE: Can anyone help me identify this?

You have carpenter ants which need immediate attention if you want to minimize the damage to your home. Do not try to handle this yourself. Call in a professional who specializes in dealing with carpenter ants. If you try to handle it yourself, chances are you will not be successful and all you will do is make it more difficult for the professionals when you do eventually call them in. This would be a case of throwing away a dollar to save a penny. It may cost a few to have the pros in, but in the long run, it will be the cheaper and safer option.

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