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Well, Spring is here! The sun is out, and the house heated up to the high 70’s. I was very warm. I turned on the air conditioners for the first time this year. I also changed the direction of the ceiling fans. I had them blowing up for the winter to move the warm air up around the cathedral ceilings. Now I have them blowing down to help make the house feel cooler.
The ceiling fans were a great investment. There was a ceiling fan over the living room when we bought the house. But it was a cheap fan, and one of the metal arms was broken. I replaced it with a big heavy duty Hunter Original. The sucker is heavy and has a cast iron body. But it seriously moves air. I installed a low profile Hunter ceiling fan in our bedroom area. There hadn’t been a fan there, but it really helps cool the area down. And the Hunter fans are very quiet!
The air conditioner was here when we moved in. It is a Sanyo Tri-Zone air conditioner. It seems to be very efficient. Our power bills are very reasonable during the summer. Nonetheless, we keep the temperature set at about 75, onll occasionally turning them cooler.

Yesterday there was nothing. Today, I have killed dozens of ants in our kitchen! It happens every spring. But usually they show up a little more slowly. One here, one there. But it is a frigging ant explosion today.
I set out the two Dual Choice ant bait stations that the exterminator at work gave me last week. I will wait and see how they work. If they don’t do anything, I will get out the Terro liquid ant bait stations. I know they work. I might have some out in the garage. If not, I can get some at Home Depot.
Meanwhile, I am torn between killing the little black ants with a paper towel, or to let them run free in hopes that they will find and take some of the bait back to the nest.
At least they aren’t the big Carpenter ants. Seeing those guys in my house always makes me nervous. These ants are just annoying.

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