Saturday, June 01, 2013

The ants go marching one by one

We have an ant infestation.  The tiny black ones that like anything sweet.  Monomorium minimum—that’s what the scientific types call them.  Me?  I call them nuisances maximus.  We have tried sprays, ant traps, poison gell, and Hammy even tried staring the bugs to death one-by-one.  In hindsight, his attempts seem to have been just as effective as all the store-bought solutions.

With a houseful of kids, every day a bite of fruit, a drip of juice, or some other ant-attractant escapes our cleanup attempts.  Not so the ants.  This morning a well-organized army of formicidae was working on a sandwich container with strawberry jam on its edges.  I moved the container to the sink and rinsed its food particles and 50 or so ant passengers down the sink.  They hadn’t paid for tickets, so that’s what they get.  It was only a few seconds before a couple more ants found their way to the scene of the crime.

“I don’t know, Joe.  The trail leads here—right here.”

“There’s nothing here, Bob.”

“I can see there’s nothing here.  But I’m telling you, the scent is fresh.  Where did everybody go?”

“Still nothing here, Bob.”

“I know, but . . . Quiet, Joe—I think I hear something.  It sounds like . . . screaming.  And it’s close.  Very close.  In fact, it sounds like it’s right behind me.  If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was you, Joe.  Hahaha.  Joe?”

The remainder of this scene has been censored so as to not upset young viewers.  We’ll just say Bob didn’t make it either.


Stacy said...

Mix together a bit of sugar and borax and then add just enough water to make a paste....pour onto a small piece of wax paper and set out. The sugar attracts them and they take the borax back to the nest. Should have them all gone in about 12-24 hrs

Sara said...

I was going to suggest sugar and borax as well. Couldn't hurt to try, right? When we did that combination I just left it as a powder, but the paste would probably work better.


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