It started last week. I would get an occasional ant on my desk at work. At one point I had a massive spider on my desk in which my new co-worker picked it up by one leg to throw it out. This shocked me, leaving me wonder if she should have her own poorly written reality show on Animal Plant like: 2 Legs Vs. 8….or something.
I’m not afraid of the anorexic spiders, which this spider was. The ones I’m afraid of are the ones that look like the chest hair of a Southern Italian man. I can say this because I’m Italian, so no accusations of racism, ok?
So today I walk in and I have ants every where. Some are crawling on my keyboard, some on the left side, some on the right. It was like I had shown up late for the party and everyone was just doing their own thang’. I decided against the Raid again after using it 2 days ago. It had a pleasant aroma that I was embarrassed to say I enjoyed. Obviously this has been an issue for Raid Inc. in the past as the bottle read in bold writing: DO NOT USE AS AIR FRESHENER. I felt they could give Glade a run for their money if they could solve the whole pesky thing about causing cancer if absorbed through the skin.
These ants had no concern that I was there. It was like I was interrupting their daily commute. My first move was to not only kill them with a tissue but to leave the tissue on my desk, opened up in plain view. The reasoning for exposing all of their dead carcasses was so that they could see their fallen brethren, think twice about passage and go home. Kind of like movies you see, set in the dark ages where everyone is impaled or there is a line of heads staked out front of a castle so if an army is considering invasion, they’ll think twice. These little ass holes could give 2 shits about their fallen comrades.
After snapping this picture of the 3rd tissue I had used to kill them, I quickly snapped this picture when no one was looking (because I would look like a crazy person) and decided to throw out my tissue. I’ve notified HR and I hope someone will be spraying soon and I hope it smells as good as the Raid stuff, just doesn’t make me nauseous after eating like Raid did.
Hey, and if you guys have any natural remedies, I am all ears!
Well… I tend to eat at my computer and last year the ants took over my desk. Someone told me to try Terro Ant Bait, which I didn’t think would work, but I did it and have not had any since. It is a little plastic thing with poison inside. They get the poison and take it back to the ant hill and it kills the nest. The only thing is you have to let them live and not smash them so they can take it back, which is really hard. Hopefully, the spraying will do it, but if not, that stuff really works.
If I let them live, I would be carried out of the building by them like a giant.
OOO I have TWO natural remedies for you!
1) Buy a mint plant. While I have never tested this theory out, I have read articles online (not verified by any real authority though) that say spiders and ants and the like hate mint plants.
2) Get icing sugar and mix it with baking soda (or powder? I’m not sure which one) and put it out for them to eat. They smell the sugar but since the sugar and soda/powder are mixed together they can’t separate the two. They eat it and the soda/powder expand in their stomachs and they die. My brother did this at his old house and it really worked. He’s on vacation or I would have asked if it was baking soda or powder lol
If I let them explode, would it be like ant fireworks?
LOL um I don’t think it works like that 😛 but he was living in a house with a few other guys when this happened and the one living in the basement said it was like the opening scene from “saving private ryan” where the ants would just be like dragging on the floor dying….
Then it is worth every penny to watch. I will video tape it with a little army ship in the background…
boric acid and vinegar.
That sounds like it smells lovely! 😉 Thank you!
TEA TREE OIL (ALSO CALLED MELALEUCA OIL), AND OR LEMON GRASS OIL. IT’S DOESN’T KILL THEM, BUT INSECTS AVOID IT. THEN U CAN KEEP YOUR DESK CLEAR….AND PUT TARO ANT BAIT SOMEWHERE NEAR THEM, BUT AWAY FROM YOU. YOU CAN LET THEM LIVE, AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM YOU AT THE SAME TIME!
Thank you for the advice! I’m about to keep all of them and give them names. They’ll be like my work pets!
I’m glad you posted this. I wrote a piece recently about my ant killing adventures. I’ve been afraid to post it as PETA might get me. Don’t get me wrong. I love PETA but I didn’t love ants everywhere. Maybe now I’ll get the nerve to admit I’m a serial killer. Of ants that is. Especially if they’re in the cereal. Did you get that?