December 17, 2002
The War at Home

My final exams have arrived and instead of fretting over what I should be fretting over, I’m distracted by something a tad bit more dreadful. It seems the sudden onslaught of stormy weather’s disturbed a silent army living just outside my walls. It’s now found a safe haven in my kitchen, and it seems particularly fond of navigating around my refrigerator, moving stealthfully towards my kitchen sink, and sneaking off to who-knows-where to meet up with, I’m sure, the rest of the cavalry. If you haven’t guessed, I’ve got a slight problem with ant-infestation. Who am I kidding? It’s not “slight”; it’s actually quite huge. Where the hell did they come from? There’s nothing worse than being on the defensive in your own home, but the damn buggers have got me strapped with the most lethal all-purpose cleaner I can find in my apartment…and they still keep coming back for more. I’ve never considered myself to be a person who’d harbor any murderous tendencies, but damn I’d really like to wipe out the whole lot of them. I think there are really only two kinds of animals that get me seriously queasy: (1) anything vaguely resembling a rat, and (2) bugs that attack in multitudes. See, I’m confident in dealing with one ant, maybe three at most, but the minute they surpass that number and become something inherently menacing, something called a “group”, that’s when I start to get nervous. I guess I just don’t like the idea of being invaded.

Posted by irene at December 17, 2002 01:06 AM

That's just what happened to me at my apartment! I lived on the third floor and got an invasion of nasty ants. Where did they come from and why would they go up to the third floor of an apartment complex to get to me?! Anyways, I bought a lot of Raid and ant traps, those ant traps work pretty well. I put them all over the kitchen (that's where most of the buggers showed up) and they eventually went away. If you don't like the poison idea, Lysol kitchen cleaner or 409 works pretty well, you just spray the ants and wipe them up. It also helps remove some of the food or whatever is attracting the ants when you use the cleaners. Hope something works for you and they all go away!!!

Posted by: lisa on December 17, 2002 7:18 AM

You can also use Comet sink cleaner and make a small barrier around the area that they are coming in. Like a little blockade for their street. Works like a charm.

Posted by: marc on December 17, 2002 11:11 AM

remember how auntie gigi used to make walls of baby powder everywhere? maybe that might work, although comet seems more reassuring since, i'm guessing, it's more poisonous for the ants than baby powder. just be careful where you put the comet because someone might walk into your kitchen and think its something else and try to eat it, like my friend's brother did...bad idea.

Posted by: gipa on December 17, 2002 4:04 PM

I woke up with an army on my desk today. It seems they were after the slight residue of melted candy that rubbed onto the my laptop's port adapter. Had to carry that thing in my backpack last weekend and a piece of carmel had melted... Oh well, now I'm killing them mercilessly. No COMET for me, just good ol' hand to hand.

Posted by: teddy on December 20, 2002 3:48 PM
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