| I suppose ants all over the kitchen counter for a month would bother
| you enough to get rid of them?
Actually I had "sugar ants", the little ones,
in the kitchen this past Spring. But they only
got on the counter if it wasn't kept clean.
They don't really bother me. For some
reason they explore in Spring. (They even got
to the second floor shower this year. I'm
guessing it was some attractive soap smell
that fooled them into thinking there was sugar
But after a couple of weeks they disappear
again. In my former residence they used to
come under the back door, through the bedroom,
into the kitchen, and up the side of the rubbish
barrel. Every Spring. Spiders would actually set
up shop temporarily along the route, making
webs between floor and baseboard. But they
never stuck around, so I didn't mind.
It's true, though, that I don't know anything
about Florida ants. Here we have sugar ants,
and anything bigger than 1/4" is a carpenter
ant. Seeing them in the house just doesn't
happen unless there's rotted wood. Even then
they're usually visible outside rather than inside.
I've only ever seen one lost ant at a time
About the only thing I ever see indoors is
occasional silverfish and, more recently, stinkbugs.
They're a recent import. Of course there are
always a few spiders, but as long as their webs
don't block the TV screen or span a doorway we
get along fine.
There's a type of spider we get in the cellar
here that's especially odd. It looks like a daddy
long leg, but with an oval body instead of round.
When someone gets close they do a strange
defensive "dance", somehow vibrating their bodies
so that they swing back and forth at high speed
in their flimsy webs. Maybe someone else knows
the story behind those spiders?