Carpenter Ants – Can they Survivce the Winter

October 22, 2015

One of the enemies of most wooden structures are termites and carpenter ants. If you are seeing signs of the pest it might not necessarily be needed to call an ant control Toronto exterminator. Ants are common household pests, especially in wooden houses. Houses with wooded doors, windows, stalls, cupboards etc are also targeted by them. Most of the time carpenter ants are fault, they are actually inhabitants of rain forests but they can seek refuge in any wooded structure. A common question that people ask is “Can ants live in my home throughout the winter?”. As we know ants are generally supposed to be seen in summer or spring as they are cold blooded but they can take shelter in wooded walls as they are heated by sun’s rays. Other hiding places can be wooden decks, roofs, door and window sills etc.

Finding ant in winter inside the house is an indication that ant nest is present in the house as they cannot be active in winter without heat sources. Ants can stay active throughout the winter if they receive enough heat from the sun or an artificial source like furnace or ovens in kitchen. Food is generally available  for them as people are never very tidy. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood but they scrape them off and build hollow chambers that eventually make the structure fragile and it can even house other pests. One of the popular mistakes that people do in winter is they bring a lot of firewood inside their house and store them, they don’t know that these wood may contain fertile queen ants and winged workers who can mate to start a colony in the house.

Getting rid of a ants nest is not an easy job but actual challenge lies in finding out their nests location. Ants prefer to stay near humid areas like near leaking pipes, damp roof, below wooden flooring etc. home remedies like lemon juice, vinegar, petroleum jelly etc can be used is the nest is located. Diagnosis and removal of ant nests is necessary for keeping the house safe. Professional pest control teams can easily take care of these situations with mild pesticides.


Audio Cabinet

October 4, 2012

This cabinet was built  to hold audio equipment and music s.  The front doors were made with continuous boards across the front so the grain matched when the middle doors are closed (see below).

When the middle doors are opened it functions like a desk, for close up music dubbing…


Curio Cabinet

This was really an adventure in angles and trying to remember my high school trigonometry…

Constructed with Tiger Maple solid/veneer and Crotch Walnut solid/veneer.

It was the first time I entered any of my work in a competition.  Unfortunately it didn’t fair to well in the Canadian Home Workshop – Woodworking 2000 contest.

It matched great the kitchen cabinets that I made. You can read more about the kitchen renovation Toronto project by following the link.

Overal the cabinet was part of an entire full-on kitchen renovation. It involved custom kitchen cabinets, flooring, plumbing and everything else.

Bos Shop

Here is what our yard looked like when the shop was marked out…

Here the footings and frost walls have been poured and backfilled…

Here’s a shot of our yard after it was torn to pieces… read more …


Thank-you for dropping in. I'm particularly interested in collecting vintage stereo equipment, especially vacuum tube based gear as well as some of the early solid state stuff that was built with some care and attention. Quality turntables, high efficiency loudspeakers and the like always tweak my attention as well. So much well-made gear tends to be thrown away for the lack of a single tube or capacitor and I'd rather see it repaired and used by someone who appreciates the great sound vintage gear can provide.

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I consider myself a little bit of a barbarian when it comes to wine.  Why a barbarian you ask??  My tastes don’t seem to follow the “experts” when it comes to most of what “they” consider the best in the world.

To begin with I have a lousy sense of smell.  This forces me (ya it’s tough) to drink wines that have a huge nose and generally big flavors.  I’m just not a subtle kind of guy I guess.  I need wine to hit me upside the head like a 2X4 (wood segue) for me to fully enjoy it.  I have an open mind if anyone would like to alter my opinion…I’m just not spending any more money on wines “I’m supposed to love” until I find some of them that I actually do.  So all you French and Italian wine “experts” out there, feel free to ship me wine and I will give you the unadulterated Barbarian Wine Review. read more …