Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Ants Come Marching In


We have ants. Despite living on the second floor, we seem to regularly have ants crawling around. Usually there are just a few and we can peacefully co-exist, but occasionally we will suddenly have a full-scale ant incursion on our hands, often for new perceptible reason. We’ve been told that they live inside the concrete in old buildings and there’s nothing you can do to completely get rid of them. I’ve noticed that all the grocery stores have insect poison for sale. Our worst incursion to date was in one of our bathrooms, where ants suddenly started boiling out of the walls. Luckily, Ed finds the ants interesting, so he dealt with them for us. Besides the ants, these photographs show off the lovely colors in our bathroom.

4 comments:

Nathan said...

They kind of look like pepper. I do love the bathroom colors. Also, at least they are not spiders. We seem to have almost as many spiders as you do ants.

Ron P said...

We have a chronic problem with ants in Bakersfield--but after seeing these pictures, it doesn't seem so severe. One year the ants got to my birthday cake before anyone else got a piece. My interpretation of the situation is that we reside in ant land as an occupying force, but they have an extensive underground organization and occasional insurrections occur.

David said...
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David said...

The severity of the ant problem in Khartoum generally was revealed in a comment from a long-time resident (an American married to a Sudanese)who was visiting in our home and watching little Eleanor, who was tired, roll around on the floor. "Good thing you're not on the ground floor," she said, "or she'd be covered with ants." It brings to mind an absolutely chilling scene from "The Poisonwood Bible," Barbara Kingsolver's book about an American family in the Congo (our neighbor to the South). Fortunately, these ants have not (yet) demonstrated a taste for human flesh.