I'm So Sick of Ants!
The ants began their invasion about the time I was able to hobble around again after my foot surgery, in May. Their first attack came in the master bathroom – the one I was using, of course. It took about three weeks and four ant traps to diminish their number to a few stragglers. I sighed with relief and went back to life as normal.
A few days later they invaded the hall bathroom. I am on my second ant trap there. They seem to disappear and then they are back again. I knew the next invasion was inevitable. It finally happened about two weeks ago.
They struck the kitchen, where I hate them most. That's where I took the photo at the top. ( Right click and choose open image in new tab from the drop-down menu to expand the photo. ) I figured if I put the poison in the window where they appeared to be coming from, I would not have to put any traps on the counters. The bait in the first trap disappeared right away. It seemed almost as if it had dried out. So I put the piece of paper in the window to try to shade the area.
The principle behind the traps is that the ants eat the poison and go home and kill off the colony. Evidently the ants haven't gotten the message. My husband says it's because they haven't read the directions. In the master bathroom they simply ate the poison and wandered all over the rest of the bathroom to drop dead, leaving the floor looking as though it had rained ants.
In the second bathroom and the kitchen, they don't do that. They never really stop coming. I have two traps there now, and although there aren't hordes of them, I'm not ant-free there. Just when I think I am, more arrive.
I found more ants in the master bath yesterday, this time focused on the bandage cupboard.Why there? Who knows? I couldn't find their path to or from the cupboard. I put another type of trap there, and they seem to have left again, for now at least.
They are driving me crazy in the kitchen. I brush them off the counters with a dish rag when I have to prepare food. I have three traps there now – two on the window sill and one behind the toaster. It appears I'll have to find a place to put the fourth one. Meanwhile, food preparation is a challenge. I'm using the bait that has always worked best for me with this type of ant. I'm beginning to wonder if it's time to call in an exterminator. An ant just walked across my computer desk, beside my monitor. Probably rode in on my arm from the kitchen.
This house has always been an ant target. My mother fought with them every year here. She actually had an exterminator one year and then stopped the service after the ants had been gone a few weeks. When the ants came back she thought maybe the exterminator had planted them so that she'd call them again, but she didn't. I can't find the trails leading inside the house from the outside perimeter of the house or I'd attack them there.
I'm getting desperate. Does anyone have some suggestions? They love tansy, which is supposed to repel them. What has worked for you?
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