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Ants!

Dammit! Ants are starting to get into the kitchen.

A couple days ago I noticed ants entering one of the vent openings under the house, and exiting another one. I went nuclear and sprayed all the vents with malathion. This morning I noticed a few ants in the bathroom (they got up close and personal with Mr. Thumb), so I checked around outside and saw a few ants going in and out of one of the vents. So I blasted all the vents again with malathion.

This evening a found a dozen or so ants in the kitchen. I sprayed the cracks and a few surfaces with pyrethrum. Compared to other poisons, pyrethrum, which is made from chrysanthemum flowers, is relatively safe for humans and breaks down fairly quickly with exposure to sunlight and air. I did some cleaning in the kitchen, took out the trash, even started the oven's cleaning cycle, hopefully that will eliminate anything of interest to the ants. There's much tastier stuff outside... where I can blast them with poison....

I'm hoping these ants are just survivors of the ones trapped under the house when I poisoned their exit. Hopefully they haven't managed to set up a colony underneath the house.

The ants originally came from one of the neighbors, probably the very poorly kept lawn of the elderly lady next door. I've been battling these ants for years, I hose down their trails all the way to the property line, but they eventually come back when the poison breaks down. I'm going to be annoyed as hell if they set up shop here and I have to pay for an exterminator.

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altivo
Feb. 11th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Reminds of me a Gertrude & Alice strip in which Toklas spots the line of ants crossing the kitchen counter to get to a slice of cake and asks "Don't you get sick of ants?" Gertrude Stein looks up from her writing and says "Of course I get sycophants. Everyone who acquires a little fame gets hangers-on and pushy fans right along with it..."

Stubborn little buggers, aren't they? Depending on the type of ants, you may have better success with the bait traps that have palatable poison in them. The ants carry the poisoned food back home and pass it around. It's a slow process but eventually the queen gets a dose and all falls silent.
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