The Ants Go Marching Two by Two

ants Doesn’t that little guy look cute? Can I just say when they are crawling around your house…not so much. We recently had a bit of an ant problem. Thankfully not the ones you get when you have food lying around that the kids have stuffed places you don’t know about….not that I know anything about that kind…..ahem. No, we had an outbreak of the big black carpenter kind.

I can’t tell you what a joy it is to step out of the shower onto a big ant. Or to hear screams all day long from your daughters, “ANT, ANT!!” as if the tiny things could gnaw off a leg. Good golly some days there is too much estrogen in this house.

Anywho, my brilliant father in law found us some ant killer. Which apparently is very difficult to find. We discovered that carpenter ants are resistant to most ant poisons. Except for this one kind that we had to look all over for. Finally we found it, put it all around my bathroom and hoped it would do the trick.

On an aside, the hubby and I have separate bathrooms. Our house doesn’t have a “master bath”. It just has two bathrooms on the second floor down the hall from each other. One with a bath converted to a shower and one with a stand up shower for the “showering enthusiast” according to the original tour of homes brochure. Either way, separate bathrooms…..AWESOME!!

The hubby decided that my bathroom would be ground zero for operation kill all ants. I can’t tell you how delightful it was to walk in my clean beautiful bathroom to find large strips of dead big black ants. Which my hubby would show me with the glee of a woman showing off her new boots she got 75% off at DSW.

So now, aside from the occasional stray dead ant, we are ant free. And I have my bathroom back. It is hard to say which I am happier about.


  1. Mr. Diaper Diaries says:

    A shout out to my dad, and to Combat Ant Killing gel, who collectively saved us a grand in terminator fees!

  2. I SO feel your pain. My family used to have terrible ant problems in our old house. Fortunately my husband and I have none now. We have other vermin though, and I think that while hordes of dead ants are gross, they are trumped by a shivering, leg-kicking roach…. eewwwwww. I have been petrified of the vermin ever since i was little. Is it dumb to be too scared to get close enough to kill them?
    Fortunately, thanks to my dad (are dad and dadsinlaw not the greatest for things like this?!) the gross little abominations are mostly gone.
    Glad your ant problem is subsiding :)

  3. We have “wonderful” ant problems every year but we can put a bit of bait out and they are gone baby gone in a day or two!!! We only have them come in our bathroom which is amazing as that is probably the only place in the house that my son has not left a tiny morsel of food that I can’t find!!! YAY for having your bathroom back!
    .-= Lynn ´s last blog ..Meet the kids! =-.

  4. nicolerenae says:

    We hosted our Bible study last night in our finished basement, and my daughter was leading everyone down there before I went down, and I heard “be careful, there are bugs EVERYWHERE.” Yes, it is a basement, so there are some spiders… What a nice introduction from our 4 year old.

  5. We have an ant problem most every spring and summer…which bugs me but not enough that I’ve ever tried to fix it. Fruit flies though, ugh! I can’t keep ANY compost in the house, or any food sitting out ever because the darn things won’t go away! Even in the winter now I still have some around. :( I just want to have a clean kitchen, is that too much to ask for?
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Natural Dishwasher Detergent =-.

  6. Ants might be the WORST in my opinion. They are just gross and make you FEEL gross. Of course, I haven’t had roaches, so I can’t compare. Oh, wait. We did have silverfish one time and those are disgusting too. Can we just say that insects in your house equal NASTY?
    .-= Devion´s last blog ..My baby boy =-.

  7. We had a terrible carpenter ant problem at my house and it was a sign that we had TERMITES! Talk about a hefty bill!

  8. Ick, I hate ants. I always feel like they are crawling all over me. No thank you.

  9. no WAY! ants haunt our bathroom as well!! its so weird!!
    .-= melissa from girlymama´s last blog ..fashion friday: what my wandering eyes have seen =-.

  10. Just posted about ants. Mine have shown up two years in a row exactly when my in-laws arrived (from South America) for an extended stay. As if I didn’t already get enough comments about my poor housekeeping.
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