Ants Be Gone

We have been plagued with little black ants this year.  My friends say it’s also been an issue for them.

Ants have been walking along the countertop above the sink from the yellow wall to the yellow planter on the stainless steel counter.
Ants have been walking along the countertop above the sink from the yellow wall to the yellow planter on the stainless steel counter.

For a while we couldn’t figure out what kind of ants they were: sweet-loving or grease-loving. When Charlie cleaned out the yellow planter (above) in which he had some candy he realized the ants had eaten half of a lollipop.

Some of the ants started to stray off the path.
Some of the ants started to stray off the path.

We would also see them on the counter next to the sink if it was wet. Ultimately we think they were looking for a drink of water and are sweet-loving ants.

It's difficult to keep from killing ants in the kitchen even with the knowledge that they must carry bait back to the nest.
It’s difficult to keep from killing ants in the kitchen even with the knowledge that they must carry bait back to the nest.

We used two different methods simultaneously.  First we used conventional ant traps which we placed in their path along the counter between the kitchen and dining room.

White powder against the wall -- powdered sugar and Borax.
White powder against the wall — powdered sugar and Borax.

Next we set out a mixture of  Borax  which will kill odorous house ants, and powdered sugar which attracts them.

The black trays are ant bait traps and the white powder is a mixture of powdered sugar and borax.
The black trays are ant bait traps and the white powder is a mixture of powdered sugar and borax.

We have no children nor pets in the house  so we sprinkled a bit of the mixture near where we thought they were entering.

They ate and carried much of the white powder away.
They ate and carried much of the white powder away.

We also were careful to dry the coffee bar counter every time we ran water.

Charlie got creative by putting tabs of tape on the ant trail laced with the Borax/sugar mixture forcing the ants to march through it.
Charlie got creative by putting tabs of tape on the ant trail laced with the Borax/sugar mixture forcing the ants to march through it.

We’ve seen a great diminution of ants in the past few days.

Do these ants look like they have extra long legs and antennae? That would make then crazy ants.
Do these ants look like they have extra long legs and antennae? That would make them crazy ants.

We’re not really sure if the colony is dying out or just going elsewhere for water since it has been raining for almost a week.

How do you control pests?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

15 thoughts on “Ants Be Gone”

  1. We’ve had a terrible time with ants this year. We usually don’t so it’s been frustrating. We’ve just used the bait traps. I have a question though… what’s an odorous house ant?

  2. We call these “sugar ants.” We get them every summer and we use Tero traps, which have been very effective. Right now I’m battling fruit flies … they’re making me crazy!

  3. we’ve had ants this year, too, that eat the cat food… we’ve set out traps. fruit flies are horrid – i always set up glass baking dishes of half water, half apple cider vinegar and one drop of dish detergent. each week there’s like 20 floating/dead. it’s the only thing that helps us rid ourselves of the flies. but so far the ant traps don’t seem to be the greatest solution.

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