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My wife called today to tell me the air conditioners are not working as well as they should be. Actually, over the last couple years they have been putting out less and less cold air. I have been meaning to call for service, but have kept procrastinating. We had them checked and serviced the first summer we were in the house. I had called a heating and cooling place, but they gave me a appointment date out a couple months or more. I called another place, and got one much sooner. But the place that I called that actually did the work, was through a hardware store chain that closed all it’s stores. They are not in business anymore.
Today I called the heating and cooling place that I didn’t go with before. They gave me an appointment for May 18th. It’s good that we are going to get the service. We haven’t had the thing looked at since the first time we had it checked which was like 6 years ago.

The other day, the ants showed up in droves! One day there weren’t any. The next I saw dozens. Ahh! Life in in the woods! :)
I put out a couple ant bait stations that I got from a professional exterminatore at work. I left these stations out for a couple days, but saw no activity around then at all.
Then I decided to put out a couple of the Terro Liquid Ant Bait stations. I had them in my garage and I knew they worked. I put one in one corner of the kitchen and one in the other corner. Less than a day later, they were storming over the one station, but hadn’t found the other. I ended up moving the 2nd station next to the first.
Now I just let the ants come and eat up, and let them take the bait back to the nest. I think the logic is that they feed it to the other ants, and the whole nest dies.
In the past when I have used these, the ants are all over the stations for a couple days, then slowly the number of ants declines. They start moving slower and slower, until there are no more ants.
Here is a picture of the ants feeding at the two liquid ant bait stations.
Liquid Ant Bait
This ant bait from Terro is the only ant bait that I have tried that actually seems to work.




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