So this is the skinny on ants and ice: They're both back.
The ants not so much anymore, though. We found them marching across our counter tops from the refrigerator to the pantry and back when we got home from our last out-of-town trip. The bad news - as if that wasn't bad enough - was it would be three days before the pest control guy could come.
He came on Saturday and sprayed and now they're gone. For now. That's the good news. The better news is that in cleaning out the pantry I threw away a lot of stuff that I needed to get rid of anyway. That prompted me to attack my closet and I got rid of a lot of stuff there too. Felt good.
We pulled out the refrigerator so the Orkin guy could spray back there and we turned on the water to the ice maker while we were back there to see if we could figure out what was wrong with it. Nothing, apparently, because it started making ice. Good for Jack but bad for my bare feet if there's something out there just waiting to malfunction. We let it run for the day but then shut it off lest it run over again.
Glad to have these problems solved because I was starting to think it was time to sell the house.