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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Raging War

There's a war going on in my house. Against the ants.

It started when I noticed them attacking my cat's food bowl. They did this last year, which is why we keep her food bowl in the entry way. I pulled out the ant spray and sprayed down the area, including outside the house. Problem solved.

For a day. The next day they were back, and they were in my kitchen too. On my counter. In my sink. Time for more desperate actions. I pulled out those 'combat ants' thingys, the little round white ones that have ant poison in them. The ants eat it and take it back to the anthill and kill everyone.

Whew! By the next day they were 80% gone. Looked like we were winning.

Then I woke up this morning. And they are back, and with a vengeance! The cat bowl again, and now in the bag! On my counter, on my fridge, in my fridge! I moved the bag of rice and the cereal boxes into the fridge because the ants were all over them! In my children's room, attacking their stuffed animals! In my bathroom, crawling around the floor! Ahh!!!

I walked back into my bedroom and they are climbing up the wall!!! On the ceiling!!! What food is there to eat on the ceiling???

I really wish Mark were here. I'd look at him and shriek, "Mark! The ants are everywhere!" And he'd pull out the vacuum and vacuum them up...every ten minutes...no, I better take care of this problem myself.

I don't know what to do with these guys. I'm going nuts.


SM Blooding said...

Oh, holy crap! It might be time to call in the Bug Terminator!

Amber said...

awww Tamara, I'm so sorry! that sounds horrible!!! good luck!

David J. West said...

As a professional killer (ok I'm not paid, so is it pro or freelance? or just for the love of the game?) I have poured hot soapy water on the buggers outside and used Boric acid, the white powder on their hills and nooks and crannys.

And I am amazed at even though they shortly look like arial shots of Normandy beach, the next day or so there are just as many again.

So my best guess if you want to keep taking care of this yourself and not pay an exterminator (which I couldn't afford right now) is to be proactive and make it a daily, perhaps early morning task you do everyday for awhile. Pre-emptive strikes against them never waiting for invasion.

I think if I wasn't doing it we would be in worse shape.

And at least in Utah or ants are just little black ones. Don'tyou have fire-ants in your neck of the woods?

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

oh heavens! no fire ants here! just these annoying little black ones...

I'm about to call my landlord and tell him...if I could just remember where I put his number!

Mary Gray said...

Tamara! I feel your pain!! I had nightmares about ants this year--I've tried everything too. They are awful.

Karen Gowen said...

Completely unrelated...I'm logged on to writing.com, thanks for the tip! Now I need to finish something for review...See you there!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

great, Karen! You'll love it there! well, I hope you do. I do!

JennyMac said...

We had this two summers ago. UGH. They are so tiny they were literally crawling up from UNDER our hardwoods. So we filled our house with lovely toxic poison by spraying Raid all over the entire kitchen and living room floors. And then we called Terminex. No ants.
Good luck? In your fridge? They are tricking little devils.

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