It's never fun to stumble out of bed and first thing see a problem.
It's better to have your coffee first.
I suffered through mice this past fall and winter. I kindly caught and released them, nice person that I am, although I considered other options. Maybe I should join the Franciscan order.
But I'm not so nice to the kitchen ants. Tiny, annoying little things. I will say, though, that they force you to clean up every crumb and kool-aid spill. They really like kool-aid.
I had a man come out last week and spray. It worked for a bit, but then they came back. Not as many as before, but more than two or three. I can tolerate that many, since it only takes a few seconds to squish them, but after that, it's too much work and quite a mess. Windex, for what it's worth, either kills them or knocks them out on impact. Then your counters look like an aerial view of a battlefield with tiny bodies strewn about. It's yucky, especially on the walls where the matte finish prevents them from wiping up easily.
Yesterday morning, I made my way to the sink to fill the coffee maker. There had to be 500 ants in it swarming over a single knife covered in peanut butter. Peanut butter, I thought, who had peanut butter last night? I knew I hadn't left this knife there before I went to bed.
As soon as I turned on the water, the ants ran for the sides of the sink and started climbing out. I was able to catch most of them with the spray nozzle, but the fast ones had to be Windexed and wiped. Such slaughtering at such an early hour is so unpleasant.
An hour or so later, Billy woke up and proudly said, "I had a midnight snack last night!"
Yes, darling, I noticed.
Only a few random ants in sight this morning. No midnight snackers either. I've got the pest man scheduled to come back out on Thursday anyway.