2005-02-27: ...and I'll show you just how deep the ant hole really goes.When I woke up, I started back on the ants and the floor. A trip to Home Depot was in order first thing, with the primary objective of getting the proper screws to fill the empty holes in the door frame. My secondary objective was to try to find the appropriate mounting parts for the bathtub spout in my bathroom (which is still unfinished). I came up short in most departments at Home Depot, however a later run to Dixieline Lumber did result in proper hex head screws, as well as a replacement bathtub faucet threaded for the kind of pipe being used on this project (it looks the same as the Glacier Bay one), and a replacement floorplate for the front door.
I managed to get the door frame the rest of the way off, which resulted in panic for hundreds of ants and annoyance for me. Yes, it seems they've decided they want the entire door frame area, top and bottom. I'm going to have to put out a fair amount of the ant poison I bought last night; it's this clear, sugary looking gel which ants love. Then they take it back to the hive, serve it to their queen (and share freely), and everyone's dead in 72 hours. At least, that's how it works on paper. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy if the Pied Piper came by and convinced the ants they needed to go relocate into my back yard. For that matter, I'd toss 'em sugar cubes every now and then. I like ants, however their colony is directly in conflict with my own.