SoCS — By the Hundreds

This week, for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill wants us to “write your post inspired by something you have more than a hundred of in your home right now.”

Okay, here’s what I have more than a hundred of in my home right now.Yes, that’s right, ants. Tiny black ants. By the hundreds.

We first encountered these dirty little critters invading our happy home in our family room shortly after we moved here in February. I broke out my trusty can of Raid ant spray and soaked them good. Take that you damn ants.

A few days later, still basking in our early success, my wife informed me that there were several hundred ants desecrating our master bedroom. More Raid. Another battle won. Until another full on attack a few days later in our kitchen.

Time to bring out the big guns, the professional, the exterminator. We had our whole house treated, inside and out. And voila, ants begone.

Until yesterday, when a large army of tiny black ants showed up in our master bathroom. I finished off my can of Raid, called the exterminator, and they’re coming out again on Monday for another inside/outside treatment.

Ants: you can’t live with them and, in my house anyway, it seems I can’t live without them.

22 thoughts on “SoCS — By the Hundreds

  1. pensitivity101 August 29, 2020 / 3:18 am

    Dried chrysanthemum petals. We read about it being a natural deterrent to ants on the internet and tried it (any excuse for Hubby to buy me flowers) A sprinkle of them at the door stopped them coming in, and when we had them in the kitchen (fuming mad at that!!) we found where they were coming in, blocked the hole but put a small tray of the dried petals under the floor cabinets.
    It worked for us.

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    • Fandango August 29, 2020 / 10:10 pm

      Hmm. I’ll have to give that a try. All I have to do is figure out where to get them, since we don’t have any chrysanthemum plants in our yard.


      • pensitivity101 August 30, 2020 / 1:44 am

        Buy the wife the flowers, as we had the same trouble, and the ones we grew were the wrong strain!!

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  2. Maggie August 29, 2020 / 6:01 am

    Living in Florida, we learned to eliminate their pathways into the house. Hopefully the exterminator follows their path to the nest. Our process involved cutting trees. Moving mulch away from the foundation and trimming back any plant material touching the house. It is a never ending battle.

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  3. RuthScribbles August 29, 2020 / 9:51 am

    they are insidious. We had them coming out of our electrical outlets. They had to put “poison that looks like clear glue” in tiny dots along their path. When we found a leak in our shower and tore out sheetrock etc, the critters finally left, I think.

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    • Fandango August 29, 2020 / 10:54 pm

      Most ant killers only offer a temporary solution. They eventually return.

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  4. Laura August 29, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    Good gracious, ants in the house are the worst. My extended family used to go to the beach for a week each summer and we had two days at most before the ants showed up. So annoying!

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  5. leigha66 September 4, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    We have had to deal with them here and find the Terro brand works best at keeping them away. Good luck!

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