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05 April 2008 @ 04:14 am
antsy about... ants  
i HATE ants! the tiny kitchen ones!

they have been trying to attack the bubs. uncle john has put an ant chalk in the mail for me but in the meantime, i'm worried that something might happen while i'm asleep. damn these tiny ants that can wriggle through the air vents! in fact, i've once watched them wriggle in and out of an air-tight jar!

two entire bubs had once totally perished (not even a shred of evidence) in the spiderlab while i was in hk. one happened to be a bub that i'd given to uncle moo. the other was little lucille. my guess is they were freshly moulted and the ants crept in before their exoskeletons could harden (usually takes about a day). two empty jars were left.

so i'm especially nervous because bib has just moulted this arvo.

i tried using some ant pellets (which kill colonies by being carried back to their queen as food... then bam!) but the ants didn't seem too keen on them. in fact, they seemed slightly repelled instead. so as a last resort, i've built a pellet barricade around the bubs for tonight. fingers crossed that the ant chalk arrives tomorrow!
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 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on April 4th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)

(Haven't been on LJ in ages... Kind of moved to blogger and did more of an art blog recently.)

Oh and used my first name on blogger - Lee is my second name :)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on April 5th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
hey lee!

hope you've been well... will check out your art blog! :D

 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on April 4th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
.that girl.: i love musicgirlwhowaits on April 4th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ants are evil - they invaded our backyard last summer >_
JV: japogothdrag0nette on April 5th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
evil spawns of the devil!
.that girl.: genma hayate dancegirlwhowaits on April 5th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
They are teh ebil for sure - although I wouldn't mind trying those ant candy from South America though ^_^

1 more week!! Squee!!
JV: tippytapdrag0nette on April 5th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
petitboutpetitbout on April 5th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm all about boric acid for dissuading bug commuting. But then maybe that's what your "ant chalk" is. It's not good if you have other animals though.

I think there are other DIY ant traps, maybe setting something more inviting away from entrances would work better. There are plenty of hints on the web. I'd list them, but don't have the time for research this morning. :(
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on April 5th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
boric acid sounds awesome. it sounds quite similar to the ant chalk, though i'm not 100% sure what's in it... will only know when i get my paws on it. apparently it pulverizes ants that try to cross it... i did some snooping on the web and apparently it's banned in many countries? how strange that singapore hasn't! after all, chewing gum was banned for ages!

i've sussed out some natural remedies... the thing is, i need something that works like the ant chalk, to form a barrier that the ants can't cross over. i like the talcum powder idea but that stuff flies around when it gets windy. and wind is a problem on my desk. i also have a sensitive nose so i don't want all these flying particles in my room... likewise for black pepper. i don't fancy using vinegar because it smells rather funky. i doubt my kids will be affected by the fumes but i don't want to take any risk.
petitbout: Toplesspetitbout on April 5th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm told adding a few drops of peppermint oil helps override that pesky vinegar smell.
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on April 5th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
hehe... i'm not sure if the kids like peppermint any better but i'll have a mix and see what it smells like if the ant chalk fails... thanks for the tip! :)