What to do when ants invade the kitchen?

Take a photograph, of course:

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Tapinoma sessile, the odorous house ant

photo details:
Canon EOS 50D camera
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

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I've got a bit of an Aphaenogaster problem myself...I'd welcome it (somewhat) if they were Nylanderia instead.

By Bob Kallal (not verified) on 02 May 2010 #permalink

Never, ever heard of an Aphaenogaster problem. Are you sure?

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 02 May 2010 #permalink

I'll look at one more closely tomorrow - it is certainly a myrmicine though.

By Bob Kallal (not verified) on 02 May 2010 #permalink

Stop by my FB page, Alex -- got a photo of my husband's new ant pajamas. (Just the fabric -- it seemed churlish to ask a mature professional person to pose in his PJs for a Facebook photo.)

By Julie Stahlhut (not verified) on 02 May 2010 #permalink

For years, we were bedeviled by hordes of annoying black Argentinian ants invading our kitchen every summer.

But not any more.

What's the secret? Dark granite countertops!

By caerbannog (not verified) on 02 May 2010 #permalink

I can beat you, try Solenopsis xyloni in the kitchen. Very efficient foragers, particularly at finding every cat kibble left behind by cats.

Aargh!