by Regyna Longlank
I’m not a fan. My daughter asked me why we need ants the other day, and I had no idea. At my house we appear to need them to keep the makers of zipper storage bags in business, because anything that’s not in a zip lock baggie is definitely interesting to these ants that seem to appear twice a year when the rains begin.
I am familiar with grease ants and sweet ants. These seem to be neither or both and are into anything sweet or greasy, which is probably smart for them evolutionarily speaking, but for me it’s a lot to ask. Apparently they are probably Pharaoh Ants we have here, or Monomorium pharaonis, although who knows. These seem smaller and darker than that.
Ran across some interesting stuff trying to figure out what kind of ants we have. This is another kind of ANT. I would happily try mediation with our ants, but no amount of explaining the situation seems to work with them. I have told some of them about it, asking them to go back to the colony and explain that this is not a good place to set up residence, and all resistance will be met with Windex. I don’t think negotiation works with this group.
Under the only in Sonoma County category, with some great advice and funny too, we have Taming Our Tiny Ant Friends. Eco Girl is hilarious. We sprayed some nasty stuff around the outside of the house, and that definitely helped. But they keep coming, in smaller droves, every time we forget to bag up something we don’t think they like. I am out of bags. They like a lot of things. And there are more of them than us. But we are strong. We will not give up. Ants schmants. Ew, is that something crawling on me?