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It's that time of year, the ant colonies are getting a bit bold.

We've got a consistent ant problem in the bathroom, but that's relatively minor; the ants very rarely leave the bathroom and a bit of bait clears them up for a few weeks.

The weird one is the colony that gets in through an exterior wall into the kitchen; they don't take the easy route through the screened window, but rather work their way in through the wall and come in through an outlet strike-plate. What's particularly weird this time is that they're fixated on the freezer. There's this unending stream of ants that travels across the kitchen and somehow gets around a seal into the freezer...

...with the inevitable result. A pile of dead, frozen ants on the bottom of the freezer. Oh, well, the vacuum makes quick work of it.

The ants are vacuumed up, the trail is washed down with a bit of bleach (so the ants don't continue to believe something is exciting at the end of this scent-trail all these ants have been creating), and there's a little capful of lemonade dosed with boric acid on the windowsill near the strike-plate to do the little bastards in.


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Aug. 29th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
daddy long legs
The last time I had an ant problem on the day job, the daddy long legs "spiders" found them and took care of the problem. Move the critters from the bathroom to the ant room and then just deal with the desiccated husks.
Aug. 29th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: daddy long legs
yeah, there are already a pair in the bathroom (if not more) keeping the ant problem there down.
Aug. 29th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Samething happens with our garage fridge. And there isnt any "real" food in there for them to be going after.
Aug. 30th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
We had that happen w/ our freezer too, while we were away for the weekend.

A HUGE pile of ants in the freezer. I made Erik vaccuum them out. Eeew
Aug. 30th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Best thing for blocking ants is cloves. They won't cross them - so put a bit of powdered clove across their path and they'll totally back off.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
We had a crew that came into the house through the electrical outlet in our dining room. Screwing it down securely and putting the little don't-zap-the-child plastic plugs into the sockets took care of that. :)
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