By: Revanche

Countering an ant invasion

October 20, 2009

Isn’t it ironic that for all that we empathize with the long-laboring, store-it-up-for-the-winter Ant Fable, many of us are waging war against the industrious ant?  Reporting back after three weeks of combat, wielding Terro as recommended by J.D. at Get Rich Slowly and Funny About Money, I don’t feel guilty one bit.

Those darn things get into everything, inside, outside, food, drink, swarm over anything the least bit interesting, eat through walls, chew holes in fabric. And they swarm. Like locusts!  Or, you know, ants.

Funny makes a good point: you don’t want to eradicate ants completely because they are an essential part of the ecosystem.  I’m not out for complete extermination. Be as that may, they don’t belong inside my home! (or dishwasher, or closet, or under my sinks.)  And until they respect those boundaries, I will continue to hold the lines. 

Terro is the ultimate two dollar magic.  I kid you not, even though the packaging states that you may have to wait two weeks to clear out the problem, it took less than 24 hours for the three battalions and supply lines to disappear completely from the front of my house. 

The tradeoff was apparently that the eradication was short-term (about a week’s worth of ant-free zone), but another quick application of Terro to a central location a week later and the next wave of exploratory ants was gone.  If you’re having ant problems, I highly recommend that you check the local garden supply shop, I bought mine from Lowe’s, and pick up a clear little bottle of peace of mind.

Now if someone can help me get rid of the flies!  (I feel like I live in a barn. But the dogs keep opening the door and letting flies in!)

4 Responses to “Countering an ant invasion”

  1. L.A. Daze says:

    Ants are so annoying. I remember back in Indonesia, i’d pour cereal and milk into my bowl, start eating it, and realize that there’d be hundreds of dead ant bodies floating around. Ew.

    Good luck with the flies!

    I can’t wait for it to get cold enough so that all those annoying little pests DIE.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Terro: where and what, please.
    We have ants in our office. The other day, I left my soda can on my desk, talked to someone for awhile and came back to a bunch all over the can. Ick. They weren’t even bad this time.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Karen, I work with the Terro Company and what you will need is a Terro Indoor Ant Bait. If you are interested please send me an email at and I will send you a sample to try.

  4. Revanche says:

    L.A. Daze: Oh gross, I hate how they sneak into all food!

    Karen: Ditto.

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