I've owned my home for about 10 years now and have never had bugs in the house except stinkbugs and spiders, but never ants except the occasional random black carpenter ants. But I just had a new dishwasher installed and I don't know if there was an ant nest between the walls or something else but now I have nonstop tiny little brown ants around the dishwasher and sink. I've been dealing with this for just under a month now
When they first came they started under the sink/dishwasher line, but then eventually migrated across to my kitchen island, under the range and into all the drawers in the island. It took close to eight hours but I wound up cleaning all the utensils and killing all the visible ants.
So far I've cleaned (multiple, multiple multiple) times including floors to remove any scent, then sprayed Raid Indoor roach and ant spray one night before bed, but only at the floor areas around the dishwasher and under sink. Tthis really works but only kills on contact or keeps the ants at bay. The problem is obviously they'll find another path.
The crazy thing is that they seems to be attracted to eggs and oil, not just sugar. When my bf made eggs and if he didn't clean after, it seemed the ants were attracted to the dried particles of eggs, same when throwing away egg shells. If I don't wrap them in plastic or put them in a small bag and seal it, they come out.
They found a path to my pantry 5 days ago, it wasn't too bad but I had to remove everything, wash all the dishes,I threw some food items stuff out (molasses, dried bread crumbs!), hosed down everything else and bagged everything. I bought Combat ant bait traps and placed them at points of entry. The hardware guy said the ants will take the food back to the nest, kill the colony and queen. So far I've the traps out for a week and the ants are still coming.
How long does this take? Is there anything else I can use? I'm thinking about calling a plumber to have him pull the dishwasher out so I can spray the area since that's where it stems from. I'm not sure what to do and I just wind up feeling so sick after dealing with this and seeing them. The first time they came there was a lot, now it's not as much but I can't imagine what's behind the wall.
I'm so afraid that this will now be continuous and nonstop. I never had this issue before and I'm at a point where I don't think I can really deal with this anymore. Is there anything that can really kill an entire nest, not just the queen? Will they be able to get into a fridge because it's essentially the next stop.
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