White footed ants are an invasive species that hitched rides here from Japan thirty years or so ago. The have now reached full on pest status here in Florida and definitely in our yard. They live in colonies that can reach into the millions--yes, millionsss. They appear to have no shortage of troops to send on scouting trips into the kitchen. They love sweets. Miss a cookie crumb, a tiny drop of orange juice, when wiping the counter and in they march. Fail to rinse off a plate that served lemon pie before putting it in the dish washer...you don't even want to know. Find and spray a colony and there are escapees who just set up shop in the next tree.
We have had the pest control people here three times now. They did say it would get worse before it got better, and it did. I have ant nightmares. The pest control guy said, "Tell me about it! I don't even have to be asleep to have those nightmares." I am hoping we have turned a corner now. I wiped the counters a dozen times yesterday, but I only had to sweep the floor once and I have yet to see an ant today. (Fingers crossed.)
White footed ants don't bite or sting and they don't really do any structural damage, but boy, oh boy, are they annoying. So even paradise has its problems.
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