There are these little brown-black ants that are all over the kitchen counters. They are particularly prevalent around the sink. I sprayed a cleaner all over the counters and wiped thoroughly to remove their little pheromone trails. That's what they use to lead others from their colony to a food source. These trails are invisible to the human eye, but I think a good spray cleaner removes them.
Thankfully they aren't fire ants. I'd have to take more drastic measures if that were the case. I actually think they are sugar ants. I found them all over a glass with a bit of orange juice dried on the bottom, so sugar ants they must be. I left out three ant traps in various locations on the counters. I honestly want to put out more but I think that might be overkill.
I am going to be very careful about food that I leave on the counters, or rather not leave out any food. Maybe I should move the tomatoes from the window sill above the kitchen sink. Don't know where else to put them. Maybe the fridge?
Anyways, this is not the first battle in the war against the ants. I've been battling them for several years now. They always appear each summer. Some summers are worse than others but they always are there. The exterminator has been out here one summer and told me to keep the counters clean and food free, wipe the them frequently to get rid of pheromone trials and make sure the food in the pantry is in airtight containers.
I am tired of this battle.