it’s always like this

May 6, 2009

it HAS TO be me

Filed under: perfect strangers — notsojenny @ 9:08 am

do you know what this is?

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no, it’s not a pile of chocolate sprinkles.  click into the picture below and take a closer look

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they’re ants.  pavement ants to be precise, tetramorium caespitum.  these little bastards have invaded our house.   M has had them in the past, they pretty much come out every spring but he usually baits them and puts down ant killer outside and then they’re gone.  but this time they’re different.  they must know i live here because they WON’T. GO. AWAY!  we had an outbreak in the bathroom, baited, solved.   the following week we had an outbreak in the kitchen, we baited and scrubbed the crap out of everything, i mean on hands and knees, pulled out the stove and fridge scrubbed.  problem was solved.  we thought we were in the clear.

over the past few weeks we had an outbreak in another bathroom, baited and solved.  outbreaks at the front door, another place in the kitchen, all baited and solved.  then M spent the other day ripping up floor moldings and caulking, trying to keep these f*ckers from being able to come back in… but as you can see above it isn’t working.  they’re finding other places to come in.

and it’s so damn frustrating.  granted it’s better than the mice and fly infestations i suffered in my last apt. but it still sucks.  the worst part is the baiting, yah it works, but you have to be able to look at those piles of ants for 48hrs while they get their fill.  so as of the time i got home last night we were both just fed up.  we’re calling an exterminator, but we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a waste of money.  because we don’t know what they can do that we haven’t already tried.

i can’t help but think it’s something about me that attracts these kinds of pestilence.  i swear to you it’s been all Grey Gardens up in here the past 2 months.  we’ve got a raccoon (we assume) going through our upright lidded trash can and pulling food out, we’ve got a mourning dove family in the chimney, a woodpecker waking us up by polka dotting the eaves of the house, wasps that refuse to desist no matter how much poison we douse their nests in, and these damn ants that just won’t go away.  and don’t even get me started on the squirrels that i would like to shoot because they keep digging up the bulbs i’ve planted.

it’s like i’m the opposite of Snow White.

  

 

~ today i learned… queen ants can live for up to 30 years, and workers 1 to 3 years but the males only make it a few weeks ~

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4 Comments »

  1. AHHHHH omg! I am so weird, we had mice this winter and it didn’t bother me at all… but ANY sort of bug and I completely freak out. Spray! Bomb! Kill them! Ugh.

    Comment by LiLu — May 6, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  2. oh noooooo I HATE ants and any kind of bugs or insects. Hate them.

    Comment by La Petite Belle — May 6, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  3. Well this is a real bummer. At first I thought this was going to be a picture of mouse droppings, which also would have been fitting for you. A strage and oddly consistent affliction you have … good luck with that!

    Comment by magda — May 6, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  4. Like magda, I thought it was mouse poop at first too. I just don’t understand what the problem is. Is it an older house? those are always prone to more insects. Good grief, though. I”m sure you’re sick of dealing with it. Let’s hope ther exterminator has some sort of magic potion for you.

    Comment by DanceintheRain — May 6, 2009 @ 12:49 pm


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