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【I HATE ants!】

(Contributed by Michelle)
I really really really really really hate ants! So, as some of you know, I just moved back to my hometown. It’s been a crazy 2 weeks because I had to just pack up what I could and go. Thankfully, I found a temporary place that is working out pretty great so far.
Not only did it come with a bed, but I’ve got a pretty nice room and some fun roommates to boot. My roommates are both pretty nice and we seem to have slightly different schedules. One gets up early and is out the door before I wake up. Unfortunately, I often hear her in the morning when she’s doing her thing and getting ready. The other roommate and owner of the house comes home pretty late at night, so she stays up really late. I usually hear her because she has the TV up kind of loud and it is right outside my room. Thankfully, it isn’t too bad.
There is one major problem, though. In my room, there is a really nice sliding glass door that leads to the outside. I sit right by it when I teach which is nice because I can open the door and let in the fresh air, but there are ants! And, they seem to be everywhere!
It’s pretty crazy. The other day when I got home around 5:30, there were about 30 or so crawling in from gaps. The door was closed tightly, but the ants were just making their way in. There isn’t any food in my room, but I’m guessing the previous roommate must have left something or the ants have always done this. I don’t know. All I know is that I don’t want the inside!
When I saw all the ants, I put down some ant killer. When the ants eat the poison and take it back to their home they give it to the queen who will eat it and die. If the queen dies, then they all die. I thought this would work well, because one of the other roommates had ants in her room too and she was raving about it.
The following day when I got home, there were 60 ants inside the ant killer packet. I think some had gone in, ate it, and then just stayed. I really hope a few of them made it back to the queen, but it’ll take a week or so before we really know if it worked or not. And naturally, there are more ants still coming in. When I got home yesterday, I had to get to eat dinner and teach, but as soon as I walked in my room, I knew I had to kill the ants first.
I think there were at 80 or so walking around by the door. I couldn’t believe just how many there were. I sprayed them all with ant killer, then I got the vacuum and sucked them all up. When that was done, I poured salt around the doorway and in any gaps. According the some websites, ants don’t like salt so I thought I’d give it a try.
As I sat down and got ready to teach, I noticed one ant trying to get in. Instead of walking on the salt, he walked on the wall and made it all the way over to the bed where I found 4 or 5 of them! I couldn’t believe it. Seriously?! Now, they are in my bed! This is not good. Today, after class, I will be cleaning out the doorway. There are quite a few dead ants in the tracks. Then, I’m going to go to the store and stock up on vinegar, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. According to the Internet, they don’t like any of those either.
When I return, I will wash everything with vinegar water. Then, I spray lemon juice and vinegar around the area outside. I’ll also put some down inside as well. Let’s hope this solves the ant problem and fast! I can’t go to bed with anymore ants!!
Thanks for reading!
~ Michelle

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