The Ants Are Marching
It's that time of year out in the garden when the ants start to look for water. Each year we have a different colony move in. This is because we kill off the Queen. Once the Queen is dead the colony gets confused and the workers forget what they are doing. The colony quickly dies.
Last year it was fire ants. Those bit and leave little red welts. The year before it was very tiny, almost microscopic black ants. They didn't bite, but it's still disgusting when they come into the house. Today was the first time we spotted them in the house and I quickly got out the Grants Ants Stakes.
A few years ago the Grants stakes contained chemicals that are now illegal. They worked really quickly, but you can no longer get the old formula. The newer stakes are different, but work the same. We were able to kill off the colony last year with the new formula, but it took a few extra days.
There is one drawback using Grants Stakes. You can't kill the ants yourself. They contain ant food. You have to place it into the line of the ants and allow the ants to crawl on it. They go into the tiny hole, gather the food and bring it back to the Queen. The bait kills the Queen. It's difficult to watch the ants march across your floor, but it's something you just have to do if you want the ants gone. If you weaken and kill the ants in the line they will put out a hormone that will tell the colony they are getting attacked. The Queen will start producing more and more babies. They will also send out more ants to the area where they were killed in the hopes of helping their fallen friends. You will end up making the situation worse.