Saw the first one out of the corner of my eye. The sighting was part of an annual rite of spring in my cottage actually. (Technically my house, but due to it’s size and feel – definitely a cottage) Along with its cottage status comes the inevitable parade of ants who enjoy passing through, stopping by, or just hanging out for a bit at this time of year.
Interesting creatures, ants, they seem to be highly social and have somewhat of a ‘copycat’ mentality. As I often remind the kinders I teach, “Make your own choice, you don’t ALWAYS have to do what your friends are doing, it might not be the best idea.”
This year’s batch kicked the whole ‘visit’ thing up a notch or two to say the least. For some reason they have been proudly strutting around and congregating in the kitchen sink. Not sure if they heard there are ample supplies of exotic food crumbs in the area on occasion, or just love the aesthetics of the shiny white surface. Either way, it appears to be a very popular spot for gathering, skittering, marching, and just milling around. An appealing neighborhood ant park if you will –
Try as I might, using my usual approaches to ending their visits quickly: asking them to move on, loudly threatening them with the imminent arrival of twin hungry rogue monkeys, squishing them with bits of paper towel, and sprinkling salt around the area, I couldn’t seem to encourage them to go.
Interestingly enough, after all these attempts, the population seemed to be growing, and I even began to notice different kinds of ants, apparently word has spread throughout the diverse ant world – all ants are happily welcome here, we clearly do not discriminate in this park.
At this point, I made a decision to kick it up a notch – plugged up both drains, stuffed paper all around the entire area between the sink area and counter below, and put out lots of ant bait traps. These little gems are supposed to
‘lure ants with delicious treats which they cannot resist and they carry back to the queen, quickly wiping out the colony.’ Sounds good to me. More time went by and they continued to show up so I put traps directly in the sink, now rendering it useless to me and probably exposing me to some yet unknown future disease or mutation. For personal safety’s sake I had to switch to washing my dishes in the bathroom sink and not use disposal, it appeared they were winning control of the territory.
After a couple more days of the battle, and a few random sightings, they seemed to finally be gone and I re-opened my sink for business. Hope this has taken care of my visitors for this season, though if they show up again, I can always order those monkeys, you can pretty much find anything on E-Bay these days.