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The Lazy Housekeeper vs. The Ants

October 1, 2011 6 comments

I think this is what the queen pictures when the scouts describe my apartment.

Liam has been eating granola bars all over the apartment. We’ve had quite the struggle over staying at the table with food. Now we have ants.

They are coming in through the laundry room and carrying granola back out, one oat at a time. The Lazy Housekeeper has morphed into The Obsessive Thrice-a-Day Scrubber.

Trying to buy bug killer in a foriegn language is frightening. The only bottle that even pictures an ant apparently kills EVERYTHING. Even the assurances of the nice lady at the grocery store that it was safe wasn’t enough to calm my fears because I can’t read the instructions. She couldn’t tell me if it would kill the queen or not… I don’t think she understood what I was asking.

I really wanted to use that old Borax hack, but no one seems to sell boric acid powder in Israel. It might be one of those things where it’s just not in an intuitive spot. (For example, cake and brownie mixes are not in the same isle as flour and oil. They are in the sweets isle.) If anyone knows where to find it I’m all ears. Until then I’m scrubbing my surfaces and floors with vinegar + water three times a day.

FYI: The alcohol + dish detergent + water trick does not work here because it dries up too fast. It will kill the ants on contact while wet, but it won’t act as a deterent once it’s dry. The water + vinegar is a better deterent, but only lasts half a day.

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