THEM!

Is it just me, or is the city being undermined by ants?

About a month ago, I noticed piles of dirt and sand piling up around the cracks in the walkway to my front door. Those piles turned into little mounds, complete with dead-giveaway ant holes. Then, ants. Busy little antholes that they were, the sidewalk was being consumed pretty quick – then I noticed them by the retaining wall closer to my door. Out of curiosity, I pulled back a brick. Bad idea. It was alive down there, and even more cunning, they’d made their egg nurseries, or whatever they’re called, right underneath the brick. So very alien. Ew.

So, after doses of pink poison and corn meal – common wisdom says they can’t digest it, but they’ll eat it, thus killing themselves – common wisdom seems to be full of crap. They’re still there. And why would one of the oldest, most evolved organisms on the planet not be able to tell food from not-food?

I even used a personal loophole in my mildly Buddhist approach to life on Earth – “bugs are icky – if they get in the way, do what you’ve got to do.” I devised that one when I was 6, because dodging bugs while riding a bike never ends well, and my knees and elbows had filed a complaint. Anyhow, I turned to boiling water. It pushed them back, but not for long.

So, my question to you all – is this diving flag syndrome. as in you never notice all the cars and trucks with diving flag stickers until you take up diving yourself. Ants are pretty prevalent, but they seem more prevalent lately, at least in Mount Pleasant area. Is that because they are actually very active this year or is it because I’ve got bugs on the brain?

And if it’s the former, how do we kill them? Ok, ok – how do I kill them? “Take off and nuke them from orbit” is technically the only way to be sure, but a bit drastic, I feel.

[photo by poagao]

5 Comments so far

  1. deville on August 5th, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    its seasonal, they’ll be gone soon enough and you are killing them needlessly


  2. castewar on August 5th, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    Of course it’s seasonal, it’s also something that’s two days away from finding it’s way into my apartment and it’s sunk a brick enough that people are tripping at the top of my stairs. Twice (I pulled it up re-leveled it, but with the ants there, they just dig it up again in a couple of days.)

    Plus, I’m genuinely curious if anybody else is noticing a lot of ants around? I’ve never noticed them as much as I have this year.


  3. ross on August 5th, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

    Yes, I’ve noticed more than usual (in Victoria). I ran a line of baby-powder along the ground in front of the garage door (I work in my garage). And they no longer enter. Because of the way the way my driveway is paved there’s a nice long seam right in front of the garage door so the baby-powder doesn’t get blown away in the wind. I take far too much pleasure in watching them walk up to the line of powder and then abruptly turn around. Pine-sol works too, but evaporates too quickly.


  4. castewar on August 5th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    Baby powder, eh? Hmmm.
    Good to know – I can live with a holding action at this point.
    I wonder if Gold Bond works as well.


  5. Jeffery Simpson (van_jeffery) on August 7th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    At least they’re not the fruit flies we had to deal with last year.



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