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  1. Clearing shrubs and trees along the water was in the sun so we switched to tearing down the Cockatiel housing which is being able to work in the shade today. I built a slanted roof attached to my metal garage and sandwitched 1" foam slabs between 5'8" plywood for the roof area with sheet metal on top trying trying to keep some of the heat off the tropical type cockatiels...And what I found were wood ants or carpenter ants using the foam for their homes!!! None of the 2x4's were touched either, just the foam. This was the bottom side of the foam. Both the top or bottom plywood was not touched, just the foam. Last week when I started tearing these down I noticed ants were going up the metal behind the 2x4"s that were attached to the metal walls so I gave them some orthene and forgot about them till today. Almost no live ants today so we were not bothered by them. Over the years I have found I need to switch and use different kinds of poisons each year for better results. When Amdro first came out it worked better than anything I had ever used but then after three or four years the large red ants would get amune to it and not even take it down in their hole. Each spring I spray poisons of some kind all around the house thinking maybe it will help keep something away but I never spray around the garage....nothing in there for insects and things to eat so I don't worry with the garage!!

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