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Ants in the kitchen, and the basement, and the living room.

The ants go marching one by one hoorah, hoorah. The ants go marching two…you know how the song goes. And that’s exactly how it can feel as your kitchen or house starts getting overwhelmed by those little buggers–sugar/house ants. Let’s say you start to leave sugary food out, don’t take soda cans or plates directly to the trash or sink, respectively. Or your kids leave an open bag of sour patch kids out somewhere in the house. Do you want ants? Cause that’s how you get ants. Let’s review two examples.

Person 1: Finds ants in the kitchen. Goes to a local store of his or her own choosing and gets ant traps. This will show ’em! Puts them in different areas around the house. Goes to sleep having dreams of hundreds of ants dying and their problem magically going way. Eagerly, like a child on Christmas morning, he or she wakes up and examines the traps seeing that they have killed dozens of ants. Yay! It’s working. Sure, it’s working, in that it’s doing the opposite of what you want it to do and the evidence is right in front of you. The problem with some store-bought ant traps are that they kill the ants too quickly and are fast-acting. Some are better than others, obviously, but if ant remains are scattered around the trap, it’s not being very effective. So, sure, it looks like you’re doing a lot, and you may convince yourself of that, but you are doing very little to get rid of the problem since you are doing nothing to the source.

Person 2: Notices that they have sugar or house ants inside. The horror. Perhaps tries to get rid of them on their own with traps but realizes it’s a battle he or she is slowly losing/don’t have the time and decides to call a pest control company. Would you look at that? There’s a company that is eco-friendly, called Greenix. Let’s give it a shot! Greenix sends a service pro and in addition to laying a granular and spraying the exterior of the home to keep them out of any crack or crevice, has an additional treatment inside that is included for free! And I’m not just talking about an interior, organic spray, which we do as well.  Greenix has these little syringes with a clear, sugary liquid in there that does what it’s supposed to do in order to work. We put it in corners of kitchens and other moisture rich areas and the ants are attracted to it. Why? Because it has sugar in it, so they all flock to it like deal-searchers on Black Friday. Or is it Thursday now? Swear it gets earlier every year. However, it is a slow working bait that the ants will take back to the colony as food and it will eliminate the entire colony as the bait takes care of the issue at the source. So, if we do come out, don’t kill them. They need to take the stuff back to the nest. *Bugle playing in the distance* Farewell sugar ants. Though your bodies will decay, your spirits linger on. All those little ants will die, along with their queen. The queen who “is expected to give birth every 10 seconds for the rest of her life” (Princess Bala, Antz). Guess you’ve got to kill a lot of ants every day just to break even. May as well let us take care of the origin of all those ants, instead of picking off the workers one by one.

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