Friday, September 12, 2008


I've got ants! In my bed! Not just any ants, fire ants! Why are they there? Nobody can explain. I keep my room clean and I live on the third floor! And yet there are ants in my bed. And no place else in the room. Not in my food, not under the fridge. Just in my bed. I washed the sheets yesterday, thinking they were attracted to something. But no. They came right back. It defies rational explanation.

I feel like this guy.


Elephantschild said...

Hollow core concrete block building?

Oh, put the legs of your bed in tuna cans filled with kerosene.

African trick.

Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake said...

Yeah, I was thinking of greasing the legs of my bed, but then I also need to pull it away from the wall.

I think I found the source of the infiltration and doused it heavily with Raid, so we'll see if that does the trick.

Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake said...

Yeah, so they weren't coming in through the window like I thought. Turns out you were right about the block, and they were coming through a tiny little pore in the concrete. I never would have found it if I hadn't turned on my light in the middle of the night (after being gently awakened by the stings of a few fire ant soldiers) and seen the line of them coming out of the little hole. So I think the mystery's solved, at least for the moment.

Elephantschild said...

You can wad up boric acid powder w/ sweetened condensed milk, and fill the hole with it. That should work.

Hope they go away fast. Kind of ironic that after living in Africa one should have to deal with ants in the bed stateside.

Mom said...

Fire ants, now that brings back memories of life in Liberia! I can recall several instances of hearing blood curdling screams from little kids who were playing outside and wandered into the path of fire ants. I also remember being attacked by those nasty biters while driving down Tubman Blvd. Hard to keep your car under control while you are beating firevants off your feet.

I am surprised you had them in your bed. I don't remember ever having them in the house.

Elephantschild said...

While you were DRIVING? Yikes.

As if Liberian traffic wasn't exciting enough.

Bruce Gee said...

Yeah, Raid! Great African trick.

Ants hate water. You don't have to go the kerosene route.

I need, I need, I need the next verse, BTW.