Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Autumn asks: Got ants?
Yesterday I didn't get anything done on my list. But it was nice out so I decided to go out front and weed the front bed and actually get the rest of the mulch down that we finally bought. I know its the end of summer, but we decided to use that rubber mulch stuff and we just couldn't pay for it all at once so we've had to spread it out. And Mighty Mouse was being very co-operative and helpful and was playing nicely outside -- and then went down for a nap so I actually did what I thought would be a 3 day job in one day.
Of course I could hardly move by the time I was finished. It was definitely an muscle relaxer, pain reliever, anti-inflammatory type night. So I took the edge off and was very self-satisfied.
Then Mighty Mouse needed a before bed snack. I grumbled about dragging myself off of the couch but I did it. MM picked Ritz crackers for her snack and we headed for the table. I reached in and pulled out a package of crackers...crawling with ants. And my hand was crawling with ants. Being a little slow and relaxed I looked down and thought..."Well, that's gross".
So daddy came to the rescue. He pulled the pantry apart and sprayed. We checked all the boxes and we only found one other that had been violated. Get this -- they only hit the Ritz and the Honey Bunches of Oats. The only two name brand things in my pantry(that ants would get into). These guys must have hitch hiked home with me from a much better neighborhood.
So today was spent ripping apart the pantry from bottom to top. Scrubbed the floor and the shelves. Redid the bakers rack. Accidentally pulled one of the hanging baskets out of the ceiling. (Next thing I need to fix.) And then decided now was a good time to rearrange since Songbird can't put the appliances away correctly to save her life.
I had to make a few runs into town for some storage stuff to try and keep this from happening again. I found some cool containers at Tuesday Morning that a snack cracker box fits right into. And it took all day because I had at least a million phone calls to keep me off task. But now, at 10:00 at night I am finally finished with it. Of course it looks great and I really should take a picture because the first time my kids go in there......
Now, I knew how to deal with the ants in Nebraska. How do I deal with the ones in Texas? I did some internet research and figured out they are the pharaoh ant (otherwise known as piss ants). I also found out that this type of ant rarely lives in the dirt...they prefer buildings, light sockets, whatever. So...doesn't that mean they are somewhere IN my house? Maybe the walls or between the brick facade and the drywall or something? I hope I read that wrong.
If anyone has any good ideas on how to get rid of these suckers please let me know. Because I'm telling you, there is only one type of ant I want to find in my pantry.