The other day out of nowhere I saw a swarm of little black ants near my cats food bowl. Thought I got them all because there was no sign of them yesterday.
Well, this morning there were 3 little clusters around 3 pieces of dry cat food. Knowing that I'm useless without my morning coffee and firefox fix, I left them on the kitchen floor to deal with "a little later."
Anywho, it's a couple of hours later and I can't believe my eyes. They have moved the pieces almost 4 feet. Yes, 4 FEET! They are now struggling to get the piece over the metal threshold that separates my kitchen from the HW Dining Room floor.
It's absolutely amazing! I know I should be ridding myself of them but the wonder of nature is so outstanding that I want to know where they are going with their treasure.
Have I totally lost it?This message has been edited. Last edited by: jaysmom49,
I'm fascinated with stuff like that, too... But I like my "nature" to remain outside the house walls.
"Once there was a little ol' ant
Thought he'd move that rubber tree plant...
Everyone knows an ant can't
Move a rubber tree plant.
But he had high-igh hopes... "
I have seen about one or two big ants a day in my house. I have never seen them in food (crumbs, open bags, cups, nothing). Wonder why that is?
About 6 or 7 years ago I noticed little ants in my bathroom, coming from behind the baseboard near the tub. Had never seen them before and wondered what was going on. I decided to investigate. For some reason I went out back and opened up entrance to the 4 ft. crawl space under the house.
No wonder the ants were coming in -- the crawl space was flooded! Sump pump had failed. I had a septic man come and pump it out -- he estimated I had enough water down there to fill a pool. Ever since I have been very aware during rain to listen for the sound of the pump kicking on (or not).
Do you think the one little piece of food was the attraction or something else? What are you going to do about them?
Well, they've seemed to have deserted the large pieces but are now headed towards the front door (is the light from the sun?). I know I have to rid myself of them but the next hurdles are the door stops. I've got to get a life!
It is fascinating to watch them, but unfortunately they'll invite their friends and family back for a visit.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
LOL I had ants (my mother called them "piss" ants) in my kitchen yesterday after work. Arrggghhhh. Better them than roaches, but I still had to deal with them because husband said that he didn't know what I would want to do with them. ???? I know he was referring to whether I would want to use a poison in the kitchen but I was so tempted to start taking them one at a time outside and release back in the "wild."
LOL Yep. Sometimes I laugh until I cry. Other times I cry until I laugh!
Like the book title: Women are from Venus - Men are from Mars.
Those little guys are still at work. I have a section of laminate floor that I used at my front door to save the HW flooring. There's a threshold to convert from the 2 floors.
They're working their little tails off trying to get that HUGE piece of cat food (it's about 3/8" long) over that threshold.
I know, I'm crazy, but this is just amazing!
jaysmom, No, you're not crazy or, if you are, you have company!
I, too, find it fascinating to observe ants and other creatures (that we never give a thought to) accomplish activities we would think impossible like spiders spinning the most intricate webs that put our lace patterns to shame.
Yes, I know that eventually one has to get rid of them but, in the meantime, enjoy the marvels of something we people find hard to understand.
I get a nature show almost daily out here. From turtles laying eggs to feeding bugs to a resident orb spider. I've seen one tiny ant drag a huge grasshopper leg all by himself.
The funniest one was when I saw a parade of bright orange cosmos petals walking down the courtyard into the grass. Each petal had a tiny black ant underneath it.
Whether You Think You Can Or You Think You Can't..... You're Right - Henry Ford
Well, most of them are gone and so is 3/8" piece of cat food. Just up and left, no note, nothing.
Where they took it is beyond me. I'll spray around tomorrow, but it sure was interesting while it lasted!
It is a shame all people do not work together as well as ants.
Oh, wow, totally fascinating! I don't think you're odd at all watching the little creatures.
flboy, so great to see you!
Now see, ya brought up the topic of ants and what did I wake up to this morning? An ant invasion!
flboy, what in the world are you doing picking up the ants? You're making me chuckle a bit!
She's releasing them back into the wild!!!
I bet she has a heavy hand when she pats them.
Ha, great thread! I am easily amused with the "little" things, too. Terro (poison they eat and take back to their home) is WONDERFUL for getting rid of ants with NO mess, or bodies --I buy nothing else. You can get just about anywhere. You put a few drops on a piece of cardboard square (included) and place near where you see the ants grouping. It will bring MORE ants initially, but I can guarantee you they will be GONE in a few days or less. SOMETIMES it takes to times, depending on the size of the hoard. They seem to have added a new product that is more of a container to open and sit out. Links:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...2&pf_rd_i=B001HWZ85MThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Mulizza,
Small Apartment Dweller with one young teenage daughter
Mulizza, I too love that product and coincidently found I needed to buy more just the other day. I encountered a puzzling find this week in my upstairs master bath. It's the first time this happened since we moved into the then new house in '88. Tiny black ants were in my jacuzzi, the surround, a few on the floor and one or two on the walls. I'd say about 99.5% of those pests were dead. It's like my bathroom became their sacred burial place OVERNIGHT. Better then their party place I suppose. STILL, I had to wonder what brought them there as there's no food I can come up with...water yes, food no. Anyway, I suspect they may have come up via the plumbing and the access to the jacuzzi is in the adjoining closet where long ago, I sprinkled borax powder just as a percaution (no real reason at the time, but once having lived in TX, some practices never die ). I'm talking decades ago, but it still must work. Anywho...I put out the liquid ant bait all around the jacuzzi just to get the few die hards and this morning not one was kicking.
I too highly recommend Terro which comes in trap form or a gel like liquid you place in small dollops on a pc. of cardboard. I use the latter since I have no pets or small children to worry about.
Gosh, I feel so bad having to kill those little guys but they are having a HUGE party in my master bathroom and just won't quit. I keep spraying them with my Dr. Bronner's peppermint cleaner and while that works, it doesn't seem to prevent new ones from coming. Ack, they're all over in there and grossing me out.
Ants often look for water. Do try Terro!!
Ack, these ants are about driving ME over the edge. Bathroom, living room, bathroom, living room, bathroom living room, marching all the way across the floor to the kitchen.
Oh, gosh, ants are so annoying, but I get how they are interesting jaysmom49. And I can just picture your ant parade zone9alady!
We had some trouble with ants once and the exterminator asked me to try to follow the ants outside to their ant holes. Sure enough I found the nests, and it was much easier to exterminate them at the source.
If you're feeling charitable, use a dustpan and sweep them up with their groceries and dummp them outside and then wash the floors. They leave a scent trail and all their buddies will be hiking to your kitchen.
You can also check out the Got Ants? Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S. website for cleaner-greener ways to control ants naturally.
Spot where the ants are coming in
Eliminate crumbs, messes, & spills
Rinse with soap & water
Isolate food & water sources
Obstruct entryways & seal cracks
Use baits if ants don't go away
Stick to it to keep ants away!
See www.gotantsgetserious.org for more info on any of these. Vetted by ant and pest management specialists!
And spam don't come again another day!
Use it up,wear it out,make do or do without.Mama said!!!
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