Sadly, these days it seems the list of where I don't have ants is much shorter than the latter. I wouldn't be surprised if they walked off with the dog any day now- in fact, in a home that has been aggressively treating for, and preventative maintaining with cleanliness and food storage, I fear I may have by now bred some sort of super ants. Before you begin writing comments of how I should sprinkle cinnamon around appliances (check), spray my counter tops and ledges with a vinegar mixture (check), put out ant hotels and bait (check), double bag all food- even the sealed (check) or daub essential oils on crevices and hinges (check); let me tell you I have done those things.
Especially when I pull back my shower curtain to reveal a blanket of ants only previously illustrated in apocalyptic and horror films. And as this season began I thought it seemed markedly worse, when the 'trails' grew to 5-8 thick overnight, coming out of the walls in search of water... But, in general, when you share walls with anyone it is impossible to maintain pest free residence unless all neighbors are keeping up their own interiors as well; so I bravely fought skin crawling instances of ants in my bed, crawling along the dog, and floating belly up in the cats water bowl. I tried every home remedy, and even some store bought ones until I at last cracked and hired a professional to evaluate the situation (keeping in mind my shared walls would require monthly treatments.)
The first question the exterminator asked? "Do you have termites, or have you treated for termites in the past year?" Soak that in for a moment. A year. That means, if you have treated for termites (up to 18 months ago) you may be inviting even more pest problems. It turns out, not only do ants survive off of the moisture within dead termites, but they can effectively build a nest inside the hollowed wood termites originally cleared away. And we're taking near a half a million ants for a single colony! While the HOA treated for termites a year ago at our condo, it seems they have only begun a whole new slew of pest problems for me, the humble renter. The moral of the story? Don't assume because on pest is gone, your troubles are over. Proactively treat for ants, which will replace termites, and the spiders which will replace the ants!
What Daughter Says: Thanks to termites, I have ants in my walls....and that's certainly enough to make me antsy!