For a long while, I had been convinced that the ants in my kitchen were really smart. When I planted ant poison at their usual hangouts, they would only sniff at the grey plastic box for a little while, never venturing in. Or they would circumvent these altogether, probably grumbling that they now had to take a roundabout route to get home.
But really, they were starting to be a real nuisance. They were sneaky (appearing from nowhere and disappearing into nowhere) and left long snaky trails that led again to nowhere. I hated it especially when they appeared on the counter top, where the kettle sits, cos they seemed to be coming out of the kettle, and I once discovered they were hiding in there! Horrors!
I always had to stop my cooking and cleaning to go on an ant hunt….. I would spray Baygon on the tiny crevices they disappeared into, but they just wouldn’t barge from their nest. I was convinced there was a whole network of ant trails in the walls of my house.
Enough of ant rant.
This ant poison that my friend introduced to me was the potion that I needed. It’s the Terro-PCO Liquid Ant Bait by Nisus and costs about S$8 at the Meidi-ya Supermarket. All I needed was to twist the yellow cap, pour a drop or so at strategic spots, and wait for the ants to stop and savour the honey-like substance. I don’t think it smells or tastes like honey though – but I didn’t dare to sniff it.
After minutes of putting down the poison, the ants started coming to it in droves. Soon, I had more ants than I dared to count. And they all seemed to take their own sweet time to imbibe the nectar. A couple of hours later, I checked again and they were still at it. I was starting to despair that they would never go home.
The next day – I checked again, of course. Lo and behold … the ants had left and not come back! I was happy, very happy. And relieved. So it is true – when Lin said that this thing really worked for her.
Wait… but I still see the odd ant roaming about. I wonder whether they are the few survivors of my ant extermination exercise?