May 15, 2012

White Dog pranced into the office singing, "The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah... Well really the ants go marching a gazillion by a gazillion oh no! oh no!" "Cute," I said, "is there a reason for your choice of musical selections this afternoon?"

Nuka came up behind her, tail wagging like crazy. "Can I have an ant farm, momma?" Quinn joined the group, "I am not eating leftover breakfast. There are ants in my bowl and I would feel awful if I accidentally hurt one." "No problemo, bro'," reassured YoYoMa who walked in licking his lips.

"Isn't anyone going to just tell me the problem," I asked pushing away from the desk to go look for myself. Puff came and sat against me, "there are bazillions of ants all over the counter and our bowls. Little teeny tiny ones but they are everywhere!"

"Great! We just barely survive the moth invasion and now we have ANTS!" "Not just ants, momma, but a legion of marching munchers that I don't think can be stopped!" "Let's go look," I sighed.

There were ants. I picked up the dog bowls and dumped the remaining kibble in the outside trash. The sink was crawling, too, so I put the bowls on the back porch and turned the hot water on in the sink. "Isn't that murder?" Quinn asked. "No, Sweetie, it is war!" I swept as many of the insects as I could into the scalding water stream and reached under the cabinet for the pet safe herbal bug spray. There were ants on the bottle.

WD walked around the kitchen pointing to escaping ants as we zapped them; the others hung back unsure of what to do. We annihilated the visible ones and Quinn pressed forward to push his head into the cabinets looking for hidden ones. Finally, we won the battle.

When Steve came home we re-treated the areas and found that the six-leggeds were already attempting to regroup for another attack. A call to our bug guy revealed that ants were the new bane here in the SW because of a mild winter and wet spring. Now that things are drying out the ants are attracted to water sources. He offered little hope if we insisted on something less toxic than an insecticide bombing of the kitchen and basement...we decided this was not a good idea what with the WDA and Michael sharing the space.

"It is like the biblical plagues," Steve shuddered. "Oh, my dog, I hope that we are not going to develop boils or have to deal with frogs...and what if the water turns to blood?" WD worried. "Let's just focus on finding a cure that is safe and eliminates ants," I suggested.

Any ideas?


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Ants bite!
I hope you can find a way to make them leave!

GOOSE said...

I do not like ants, almost as much as I dislike (hate) flies. Hope they go away.

Nola said...

Ew! Ugh, ants are the WORST! We had them (my mom calls them piss ants) last summer in our kitchen; turns out they were coming through a crack between the wall and the counter. I had to re caulk my whole kitchen!
Nola's Mom

Wyatt said...

Yuck, that is pretty icky. Sometimes when we have our food bowls outside, those big banana slugs get into our food. They are BIG and SLIMY and leave a sticky trail...so very disgusting :(

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jeanne Pursell said...

Ugh! They drive us nuts!!! At the cottage we had the HUGE BLACK Crunchy ones...we have to spray for them every year...it is better now to some degree since we put up new drywall. It's awful when they get in the food and the cupboards...Hope they are GONE soon!!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Brian said...

Ugh is right, we battle them here in the South all the time.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Yikes....I really feel bad for you because we've been there many times too. Hope we don't have another invasion soon.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are hearing the same problem is in our area. So far so good here, but if you get any good suggestions, please do post about the.

Hope you win the war soon!!!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Jo's World said...

I don't know anything that works except a big tall aerospray can with R A I D on it!


Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh ants are yucky and get everywhere. I hope you find a solution to the pesky things.. Hugs GJ xx

Kari in Vegas said...

we've seen some ants outside so we will be keeping a close eye on that

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