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Ants... I love to watch them, but not in my kitchen.
Member Name: catrocks03
Advantages: interesting to watch
Disadvantages: They think its OK to come in my kitchen
I think ants are really fascinating creatures to watch. They're so busy and organised I wonder how they communicate. Now I don't mind watching them in an ant farm or perhaps in the garden. Where I don't want to be watching them is in my kitchen.
I was cooking dinner the other nice when an ant rang across my worktop in front of the hobs I was cooking of. I quickly disposed of it and mentioned to my partner how ants in my kitchen is my biggest fear. It sounds silly but I'm quite a squeamish girl. I don't like bugs on me or even near me. When I was younger I could hold them in my hands and not care but something happened, I don't know what but something did and now they make me squirm.
You can imagine my delight then as I strolled into my kitchen the following morning to open a cupboard and see about 10 ants- some of them right near my hand crawling out the cupboard. My first reaction was to let out a little squeal and jump backwards.
I then remembered I was the only adult living in this house and if I didn't want this problem to get worse I was going to have to deal with it. This isn't to say that during my investigation there was no more screaming, jumping or running. Oh believe me, there was. But I had to find the extent of my problem. There was about 5 cupboards the critters were running around. One of these cupboards contained a bag of sugar. I thought no ants had got in the sugar but on second inspection I found one. Was pretty annoyed as it was almost full but into the bin it went. Everything else had to wait until Tyler's nana took him.
I'm not a mean animal killing machine. But I wasn't just going to let these ants waltz on back home inviting all their buddies. I couldn't get to the store until the next day so in the meantime I waged war. I sprayed every ant I saw with all purpose lemon cleaner. This had 2 effects- the first being it killed them, the second is that ants don't like the smell of lemon so will avoid areas smelling as such (or so the internet told me). I then removed everything out of the ant cupboards.
I still don't know where the ants got in from there's several locations it could be and I swear I saw one crawl out of a hole with a screw in it. Because of this I couldn't draw chalk round a location or similar prevention methods.
I scrubbed the three cupboards the ants had raided with the lemon cleaner and did the same for all surfaces (a few little ants had made their way to my draining board, I didn't want any to go further). I continued the deep clean of my kitchen for the majority of the day and threw out any items the ants could have possibly got into (goodbye flours, icing sugars, open crackers, open biscuit packets etc).
The following day I went out and bought ant bait. The typical thing is that since my mass ant eradication they haven't come back. I found 3 in the morning, killed them and bam they are gone. I really REALLY hope they don't come back but I have the bait here incase they do and I'm not at all afraid to use it.
I'm afraid I cannot live in harmony with these ants and will be taking steps to ensure they don't return!
Summary: As long as they keep out my house I'm happy.