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I'm Moving Out..... 
Sep. 15, 2011 12:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 22, 2011 12:35 pm
Moving means sorting - discarding and cleaning.  Getting rid of stuff. 
I have been avoiding sorting through the kitchen. 
Waiting for inspiration - motivation - energy, something, to strike me. 
My inspiration arrived Wednesday- traveling like Army Rangers through the darkness. 
They moved like stealth Ninjas slipping into my kitchen when I wasn't watching- assessing the overstocked spice cabinet.  Checking out the canning jars.  Inspecting the bowls and plates.
Honestly, this isn't the kind of inspiration I had in mind.
Ten years I have avoided this mass invasion without once using a pesticide. 

I do believe there was an ant summit held back at colony headquarters, several miles away. It was agreed that it was high time to bid me farewell in grand fashion.    Some poor worker ant probably got his head handed to him for being so lax as to pass up such a wonderful opportunity for so long.
I have decided ants are miniature terrorists.  They are patient - waiting to strike when you least expect them.  They throw a couple of scouts out to do surveillance.  If those scouts return with a positive intelligence report the entire colony gathers - building their ranks - hiding within walls mere inches from their desired target - biding their time. 
Then comes the attack - armed with Lysol Kitchen Cleaner their casualties are great.  But they will not be deterred.  They lead you to believe you have won - traveling secretly to another location, set up camp and attack again. 
I shall not let my guard down.  I must be vigilant.  I don't for a minute think I have won the war.  Those miniature terrorists are waiting in the wings....biding their time.
In the mean time I will sort, clean and get rid of "stuff". 
This is a clearly a case of "Be careful what you ask for."
Sep. 15, 2011 1:19 pm
Kill them. Kill them real good. Remember, this is not about ants. This is about stopping terrorism. Do it for your country! ROFL! Great post Baking Nana! OT question - do you have a spot remover recipe to go along with your laundry soap? I always, always pre-treat oil spots and delay wash for an hour. Would love to ditch the expensive sprays, but am not willing to take the chance of drying and setting an oil stain.
Sep. 15, 2011 1:22 pm
LOL - Lucy! For oil stains I use Dawn dish soap - BTW - I hate oil stains almost as much as ants. :(
Sep. 15, 2011 1:53 pm
LOL - Had the same problem when I lived in Huntington Beach. Haven't had any so far in the high desert. If you can find where they are coming in from put Borax (yes your laundry soap kind) there. They hate the stuff and it kills them. Just keep it away from your food and any animals if you have them.
Sep. 15, 2011 1:57 pm
Actually it's not funny.
Sep. 15, 2011 1:59 pm
Borax! I have plenty! Oh heck, bd, if I couldn't laugh at this mess - I would cry. I have to find humor somewhere!
Sep. 15, 2011 2:03 pm
I feel bad for you! Reminds me of when we moved into our house over 25 years ago. We rented from the owners for 2 months while the loan was going thru, etc.,etc. We did not have access to the garage until after we signed the papers and it officially became ours. The first night in the house we went to bed and woke up to our dog dish in the kitchen practically being carried off by ants. I asked the owners if they'd ever had problems with ants. They said "No. Never. But they didn't have any animals." When we got possession of the garage -what do you think we found? Literally dozens of empty cans of ant spray! It took me quite a while to get rid of those pesky buggers, but they lost the battle with me. Good luck!
Sep. 15, 2011 2:03 pm
Oh by the way, bd.weld - I hope you didn't jinx yourself. If I were you I would get an extra box of borox, just in case!
Sep. 15, 2011 2:09 pm
Naw... got plenty of it (fingers crossed). http://www.ehow.com/how_4471409_fight-ants-borax.html
Sep. 15, 2011 2:17 pm
Oh Mother Ann - that is terrible! At least they were ants and not roaches. My daughter rented an apartment and when the people next door set off bug bombs all the roaches ran for there lives - right into her apartment.
Sep. 15, 2011 2:26 pm
I TOTALLY feel your pain! I HATE HATE HATE ants!! My mobile home park sits on top of a colony of mutant ants from H E L L!! I swear, the little boogers are from a different planet or something, because NOTHING works! I've tried Terro, borax mixed with peanut butter and pancake syrup, sprinkled Comet in their path, and finally resorted to using bug spray, but NOTHING stops these little terrorists!! Oh, sure, they're gone for a day, but the next day they show back up, entering from a slightly different location. My fiance moved in with me early this year and I warned him that, from May through September or early October, we have to endure these little black monsters in our home, because there is nothing we can do about it. Here it is mid-September and I think he's FINALLY figured out that I knew what I was talking about and these ants are GOING to vacation for the summer inside our house. EVERY. STINKING. YEAR!
Sep. 15, 2011 2:46 pm
Hey BN - - the good news is that you're moving. No matter what - don't leave a forwarding address. Let them think they've got you cornered. Sit there in dismay and let them think they've got you - don't let them see you smiling behind their backs. One day they'll start they're attack only to find - no ones home - HA!!! Who's your daddy now? Wait . . . I need to get a grip - we're only talking about ants - not an actual terrorist - - but they are ants - vicious, insidious persistent venom of the natural world and perhaps the entire universe . . . ok - I need to switch to decaf. (lol)
Sep. 15, 2011 2:58 pm
oh BN, I feel for you. I had an ant invasion one time-caught the little buggers red handed trying to cross the line and advance. Out came a spray bottle of javex and water. Then I attacked their colony just outside my son's room with a bit of diesel. Done, over, I won. The baby redneck used to swap a shovel full of ant hill onto another, they would sort of destroy themselves-hope PETA does not come after us for that:)
Sep. 15, 2011 3:00 pm
LOL!! BN and luv, you're too funny! I haven't experienced a full fledged invasion. Whenever I see an ant around the trash or sink, I get those Grant's Ant sticks. poof! they are gone. Good Luck BN. Leave no forwarding address!!!
Sep. 15, 2011 3:11 pm
RNG - you are brillant! Deisel huh? I actually like the baby Rednecks approach the best!
Sep. 15, 2011 3:11 pm
Keri - I if I were you I would consider RNG's suggestion and accidently spill deisel. Opps!
Sep. 15, 2011 3:14 pm
luv2cook - Down Girl - Easy now! :) No forwarding address for certain! If asked I will take Mother Ann's previous homeowners approach, "Ant? What ants?"
Sep. 15, 2011 3:59 pm
I never had a problem with ants all the years I had a house. The summer after I moved into a 4th floor apartment, I was inundated. They came right up the brick outside and through the drain gap on my kitchen window. I couldn't believe it! After trying everything I could think of to no avail, I mentioned the problem at a resident association meeting and found a few of us were being terrorized. The co-op board arranged for an exterminator to treat the outside and that took care of the problem. Relentless little critters!
Sep. 15, 2011 4:12 pm
BSM - High Rise tiny terrorists! Outrageous!
Sep. 15, 2011 4:32 pm
B'Nana - Thanks for the Dawn tip. It's the only dish soap I'll use, always get it on sale, always on hand. And WAY cheaper than Shout Advanced, although the SA does work well.
Sep. 15, 2011 4:58 pm
Lucy - one more thing - I treat wil Dawn and then (try to remember to) hang dry. If the stain is still there you can re-treat or resort to other methods.
Sep. 15, 2011 4:59 pm
On a Discovery program, I remember hearing that if all ants were exterminated, all life on earth would cease within two(?) years. If all humans were exterminated, the world would not notice the loss. D@mned ants! They have must paid off some politicians!
Sep. 15, 2011 5:39 pm
Mike, I have heard something similar, bees are another needed insect. I don't want to see the ants become extinct, they can have the other 39 acres with buildings and barns, just leave my house and yard alone.
Sep. 15, 2011 6:31 pm
Mike - I guess I know where I fall in the order of things! Like RNG - I signed a treaty with the ants, bees and wasps. The ants broke that treaty when they made an aggressive attack on MY turf. For ten years we have happily co-existed - they marched through my yard on their mission - no problem until they moved in and tried to set up home. Sorry, but this is MY turf and I will defend it will a vengeance.
Sep. 15, 2011 6:32 pm
Oh, BTW - has anyone ever discovered a purpose for fleas?
Sep. 15, 2011 7:20 pm
They are like the Army Reserve of antdom. Only good for spending your hard-earned money on carpet shampoo and vet bills. Unless of course, you're starting up a flea circus. Man, those little buggers can jump.
Sep. 15, 2011 8:46 pm
so funny! not funny, i know, but I love your take on it! That really gave me a good laugh, thanks! ...have you thought of getting an anteater? I hear they make good pets...
Sep. 15, 2011 9:00 pm
Petey - no anteaters here - do they get along with big black labs? Knowing my luck the ant-eater and the lab would be fast asleep in my bed while I battled the tiny terrorists!
Sep. 16, 2011 6:43 am
Oh no, BN! We moved last March because our apartment was taken over by ants...and no matter what we did to get rid of them, they kept coming back. Good luck to you, the best thing to do is to hire an exterminator and just take care of it right away.
Sep. 16, 2011 7:02 am
Abbey - I really don't like to use pesticides unless there is just no other solution. If I can keep these guys at bay for the next month until we move I will be happy. Of course I know they have cousins who probably are already setting up camp at the new house.
Sep. 16, 2011 7:32 am
OMGosh Baking Nana, YOU are the inspiration I needed! My pantry is in desparate need of a good cleaning! I have to take half of everything out just trying to find something I need. And, ants! We get them every Spring when it rains everyday...little water ants. They're almost impossible to get rid of. Orange puts out these little ant traps all over the house. Very disgusting!
Sep. 16, 2011 7:37 am
We have these little ants in Florida that are so small they can get into Tupperware containers. Borax doesn't do a thing to them. I did get some ant baits from a Do-it-yourself pest control and they did the trick. We also had a problem in our travel trailer years ago, the nest was somewhere inside. Nothing worked but the baits. They kill the queen and the nest moves on. I don't like pesticides but ants or roaches in my kitchen...I will not tolerate! However those ants can clean a washed up conch shell in just a couple days totally clean....LOL
Sep. 16, 2011 7:40 am
Great Post had me rolling...Yes ants can be a pain a year ago dd fiance had moved our hummingbird feeder out of the sun as 111*F was really hot and the bird would not drink..He set it up on top of our outside freezer lets say it was not pretty millions of ants...
Sep. 16, 2011 8:10 am
Oh, ants are such a pain! When I lived in the South, they would march in en masse if given the chance. The only thing that stopped them? Bengal Spray. And it stopped them cold! AND it kept them away. I can't find that anywhere since I moved to Wisconsin, so I have my parents bring it to me. I haven't found an inscect or arachnid yet that can survive it. : ) Sorry, PETA, but if they come in my house, they're free game.
Sep. 16, 2011 8:10 am
Baking Nana, I think your daughter lived next door to me in college. I darn near have a phobia of roaches, so I (roach) bombed my on-campus appt frequently. Sprayed for bugs CONSTANTLY. We were the ONLY appt that didn't have them. I was certain my poor neighbors paid the price for it. Now I know for sure. Good luck w/ the ants.
Sep. 16, 2011 10:15 am
elt - I am telling Lauren that is was you! She still has a phobia about roaches! So gross.
Sep. 16, 2011 10:25 am
wisweetp - I wonder what is in that Bengal Spray. I bet just spraying the foundation with that would work. I am with you - almost any creature can live OUTSIDE - don't move into my turf or it is WAR!
Sep. 16, 2011 10:27 am
Jayashiangel - I can just imagine that mess! I am VERY careful where I hang my feeders for that very reason. I am surprised they didn't open the door and help themselves.
Sep. 16, 2011 10:29 am
Sherri - if I found ants inside the Tupperware I would wave the white flag - throw in the towel and move - leaving behind the whole pantry. No, I probably would have just cried! I can't imagine.
Sep. 16, 2011 10:32 am
Candice - You never know what you will find when you do your pantry. I now know that I have 2 bottles of Poppy Seeds and 3 bottles of celery salt. Amazing! Oh and enough dried red chilies to last me the rest of my life. Good luck with your pantry re-vamp...so it BEFORE the ants move in. It is much more pleasant.
Sep. 16, 2011 4:14 pm
LOLOLOL!!!!!!! Was thinking of you this morning. Missed this blog. Geez was I even on yesterday? Having "HAL" issues. Grrr! Great blog. Sometimes inspiration does come from strange places.
Sep. 16, 2011 4:15 pm
What was that supposed to be motivation? Ahhh both work right to get things cleaned :)(:
Sep. 16, 2011 4:39 pm
Ants may be the unrecorded "national bug". They especially love to come inside when it rains outside. I have successfully baited with a mixture of grape jelly stirred together with boric acid powder, scooped into short pieces of plastic straws. Placed at the locations where they march, or enter, they go no farther, and load up on free food. This usually cleans out the nest (they carry the sweets back home to the ant famiy). However, this year, I failed to meet them at the door early in the spring. They got a head start, and keep returning. I resorted to sprays as a temp fix, as they ignored store-bought traps. The granules sprinkled around the outside did very little. They went for the jelly jar laced with a hefty mix of boric acid powder, and, while the teeny ones keep coming back, there are no big relatives left. Start early next year!
Sep. 16, 2011 5:09 pm
Mamaw - that is great advice. Thank you! I have both grape jelly and boric acid. I need to find their entry point. They are surely the sneakiest littles devils.
Sep. 16, 2011 5:10 pm
Cat - this has got me going. It is all stuff that needed to be done anyway - so here I am - cleaning, sorting and tossing. It will be nice to have a day off tomorrow with the AR gals. Hope the ants don't take advantage of me being gone.
Sep. 16, 2011 7:32 pm
BN, I always spray down my doorways & window sills with water and cinnamon oil, for two reasons. One, natural buggy barrier and two leaves a nice scent in the air. About 2 full eyedroppers full to a quart of water. you can also use this in cleaning the cabinets as a rinse. Hope this helps!
Sep. 16, 2011 7:56 pm
luvtocook...you rock! bn, i hate ants almost as much as skeeters and monster roaches, but we have survived with few injuries on our side...the war continues.
Sep. 16, 2011 11:29 pm
Sinn - I will hunt down and find cinnamon oil. I have used chili oil on the front door when MR. Pissor - the neighborhood stray decided to mark my front porch as his turf. It worked well. I like the smell of cinnamon. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Sep. 16, 2011 11:30 pm
gderr - we shall fight on. For today and tonight - they are laying low. Tomorrow is another day - the battle continues!
Sep. 17, 2011 1:31 am
I used to get them any time there was a big change of some sort - horrible heat, massive rain, an earthquake . . . I was pregnant and with little ones for many years and didn't want to use sprays. I would vacuum them up. I would just keep vacuuming the trail up, over and over, until they finally stopped coming. On the kitchen counter, I would wipe them up with ammonia. It killed them (or drowned them?) on contact. And, again, I would just keep at it till they gave up. Nowadays, I will, maybe once a year, spray around the circumference of the house - and that seems to do it. I grew up with them. The neighborhood where my mom lives (where I grew up) was built on the site of an orange grove. We always battled ants while I was growing up!
Sep. 17, 2011 2:06 am
I certainly feel your pain, BN. Years ago we lived in an area that I was convinced was also a giant ant hill. I fought the "buggers" for years. Then we moved and I had a few years respit. Then they attacked here on new territory. The battle was on again for the next few years. Then horror of horrors, we discovered a worse enemy...termites. Had to call in the big guns! After professional treatment inside and out, now more termites - and no more ants have been seen either. At least they have not dared cross the doorstep - yet! But I am ever vigilant! The one advantage, if you could call it that, was that the signs of a few invaders always got me busy cleaning cupboards, baseboards, closets, etc. What is my motivation now? Really enjoyed all the comments and great suggestions for combat! I am armed and forwarned!
Sep. 17, 2011 2:07 am
That was NO MORE termites! Phew!
Sep. 17, 2011 5:38 am
I love your story it made me laugh. take them down those pests the ants
Sep. 17, 2011 2:03 pm
I hate ants in my kitchen! Almost worse than ants, are scorpions though. When we first moved out into the country in Texas, we had a new house on previously an empty field. The first year or two we had scorpions in the kitchen cabinets. I would go to get a coffee cup and find a scorpion inside. My husband and daughter both were stung by the darned things. I somehow never got stung but was sure glad when they stopped coming in!!
Sep. 17, 2011 2:32 pm
When I discovered ants in my kitchen, I went to Lowes and bought some Terro ant killer. Those obnoxious little worker ants come to the bait and take it back to the colony, feeding it to the queen. Once the queen of the colony is dead, the colony-at least any that survive-moves on. Give it a try.
Sep. 17, 2011 7:55 pm
Really comical Nana. Your blog is one of my favs that I tell friends about. I used Terro too. works really well if you can spot the entry point (the end of counter)and place the bait there.
Sep. 17, 2011 10:32 pm
Oh dear - scooter2 - termites are definately worse than ants. Ants will try to take off with your food - Termites will try to take off with your HOUSE! Yikes!
Sep. 17, 2011 10:36 pm
scruffymaster - thanks for the comment. Like I said, I would rather laugh than cry. Besides, think about the size of an ant - then here I am dancing around the kitchen - armed and ready to shoot! They might be small - but they weild great power.
Sep. 17, 2011 10:40 pm
grannygigi - WHOA! Scorpions? Well, now - there is a reason to not more to rural Texas! I don't think I would be quite so "Organic" if we had scorpions coming for a visit. YIKES!
Sep. 17, 2011 10:42 pm
David L. Wasson - I will look for Terro - for here and the new address. Glad to hear it works!
Sep. 18, 2011 9:25 am
One advantage to desert living is the lack of flies, fleas and wasps.....though we spot the occasional visitor on rare occasions. Indoor cockroaches don't seem to like it here either. They do like to party at my pool at night though. Maui was LOADED with fleas, cockroaches, sugar ants (so tiny that you can barely see the trail making their way to your basket of fruit), and the scariest da da da......centipedes! We lived in a beautiful condo on the Kaanapali hillside and like most of the residential areas, they sprayed chemicals ALL THE TIME to try to control all the critters. One night after a nuke attack, our son was bit by a centipede that had crawled into his bed. We were fast asleep at the far end of this very large place and we could hear him like he was being murdered. I called Maui Memorial in the middle of the night and they said that unless he exhibited any typical allergy reactions, to just clean the area and give him a couple of stiff drinks. LOL The nurse said the pain is described as a gunshot wound or being hit by a baseball bat. I NEVER slept well again from the fear of one of these nocturnal monsters seeking warmth in the covers possibly breaking and entering my bed. YIKES! Now I have to deal with the fear of scorpions and black widows and tarantulas! Sounds like a Halloween movie :(
Sep. 18, 2011 4:45 pm
I have discovered a very good ant repellent - Tabasco sauce. They don't like the heat or the strong vinegar smell. Just find out where they are coming in and douse it generously there. Becareful with pets and small children. I did that one time and they never came back.
Sep. 19, 2011 5:06 am
Ants seem minor compared to centipedes. YIKES - I don't think I would sleep well either.
Sep. 19, 2011 5:07 am
Hot Coco - I will remember Tabasco. I know that chili flakes on the door step stopping the neighborhood stray from spraying my front door. Thanks for the input.
Sep. 22, 2011 10:53 am
They arrived at my house this morning....GRRRRRR!
Sep. 22, 2011 12:35 pm
My grandaughter came into the den the other night and said I needed to come and see what was in her bathroom. Well, it was a big , hairy terantula crawling up her wall. I went ant told my husband and asked him what he was going to do about it? He asked for a jar with a lid which I did not have.I gave him a plastic storage container with a lid. He went in and got the thing in the container. However on the way down the hall to take it outside it jumped out of the container. He did not have the lid on good. The hall was dark and we could not get the light turned on quick enough to see where he went. We captured him agian and made it outside with him. We let him go on the shrubs. We have had them outside several times before but never inside the house.
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
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I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
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There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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