ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ants

Woke up this morning to find ants all over my kitchen.

Not where the food is, but running in a line down the wall and into the sink. I traced the line to a couple of infested cabinets.

I sprayed the hell out of them with Raid, which is like instant death for ants, but which makes the apartment smell bad (while it's just too cold outside to open the windows and air the place out, at least until later).

The parakeets were agitated, probably because of the smell, so I moved their cage into the bedroom.

I think I'll bolt too, and find a coffee shop to work at for a while. Then I'll come back to see if the ants have regrouped.

I hate ants. And the countertops in the kitchen are black, which means it's hard to even see the damn things on half the kitchen.

Time to think about that remake of "Them!"

11 Comments:

At 9:55 AM, Blogger marcoguarda said...

Don't let the parakeets breathe much of that stuff. Don't let it on food, don't breathe much yourself. Check the components. ;]

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Christina said...

I think Dawn dishwashing detergent kills ants, if you want to use something other than Raid. Put it in a spray bottle, diluted with water, and spray the ants. My green/eco-tripping sister had an ant problem but refused to use strong chemicals and this is what she used.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

I've heard spraying the window sill with Raid (or whatever you choose to use) forms a barrier to keep them out.

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Tavis said...

Can we call you Ant Man?

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Brett said...

Did you know that Comet cleasner works as a great ant killer/repellant? The scent screws up their scent trails (so they won;t "track" in as normally) and the abrasives work much like diatomaceous earth to irritate the joints in the exoskeletons of the ants.

Sprinkle a bit of Comet (or Ajax or Bon Ami or whatever) where the ants are tracking in, and they will stop coming through there.

Soap and water sprays can also be safe non-toxic killers, as the soapy water drowns the ants.

be sure and check the outside perimeter of your home, especially where you've seen ants tracking through inside in the cabinets. Often you can find exterior trails that also need treatment.
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At 1:24 PM, Anonymous doink said...

if you know where their trail is, put a couple Terro ant baits in their path. After about 2 days they'll be gone. Worked for me.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Allen said...

at the risk of stating the obvious...ants suck.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger MoviePen said...

Oooo, I HATE California ants! They don't go for the sugar traps, and they make my skin crawl.

I'm going to steal the comet idea!

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Leif said...

Not sure if you can get it, but I prefer to use AntRid. It's like a syrup thing you drip near where the ants come from, and they take it back into their nest. Helps to get rid of the ants for good rather then just the ones you can see.

http://www.antrid.com.au/

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

A grenade should do the trick.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Lucy said...

Laura's right, Raid on the windowsills, patio doors or whatever will keep the little blighters out. And Patrick, Scott will want his deposit back and grenades are hard to get hold of... What am I saying, this is America, you guys can get anything including nuclear warheads: that would probably be better, surely? No good skimping!

 

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