Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Battle May Be Over, But The War Goes On.

I am declaring victory over the ants. I haven't seen one in the bathroom for a couple of days, and before that the ones I did see mostly appeared to be in their death throes. *observes a moment of silence for the ants*

Next order of business on the homeowner's agenda is to re-caulk the bathtub. It's needed to be done for a while now, and I think that's part of the reason why the ants decided to set up shop in the first place; apparently they like the damp, and water getting into the walls from a poorly-caulked bathtub creates something along the lines of a Carpenter Ant Paradise Resort.

I went out today and bought -- I hope -- everything I should need to tackle the job. Wish me luck. I suspect I'm going to need it, given the fact that I've never even used a caulking gun before.


  1. From what I've heard (maybe or maybe not on This Old House, you'll want to caulk the base of the tub (along the floor) when the tub is empty but caulk along the top of the tub when it is full. This is supposedly because of how the weight of the water will weigh down the tub.

  2. The base of the tub didn't seem to need it, but I did the top when it was empty. Oh, well. It would have been a pain and a half working in a tub full of water, anyway.