INVASION

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Yesterday we experienced some torrential rain – enough so to push several inhabitants out of their homes and into ours.  “Consider the ant,” says Proverbs 6:6.  In that little passage we read how the sluggard – or the lazy one – should take a look at the industriousness of this little creature and learn.

I had a clue that we might be subject to ants in the house when we moved into our little new “old” domicile.  There were a few ant traps in the cupboards – first clue.  Second clue came when I realized the soil around our new old house is very, very sandy – the perfect landscape for these little critters.

It really is amazing how these creatures thrive even in adversity.  I mean their entire metropolis was wiped out in a single rainstorm and still they prevail.  They found entrance to a nice dry abode and have been sending out signals to their friends to hop on the Boecher café.  Word is out, folks.  It will be no time at all and we’ll be surrounded by little ants in army helmets, taking siege over our sweet little castle.

So we have set our own bait.  Terro to the rescue.  It’s really interesting to see them swarm to this stuff – belly up to the bar as they say.  They hang around for a while and then unknowingly make their way back to the rest of their tribe and poison them as well.

I can’t imagine getting rid of an entire army with just a tiny drop of poison, but it does seem to work.  At least it will until the next rainstorm.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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23 Responses to INVASION

  1. the fire ants down here are the bane of my existence—I extinguish one mound and poof, the next day there’s a new one someplace else—there you are, walking along outside, wearing sandals or simply bare feet…you stop for just a second to look at something, pull a weed, when suddenly you feel a sting, then another…you quickly look at your foot that is now a black swarming mess—that’s how they are—one minute you’re fine and the next, bam they’ve literally got you covered—-Ortho to the rescue!!!!!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Orth o for ants? I use Terro and its almost foolproof. I’m sure it’s cuz of the sandy soil.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      Don’t think the Bible had fire ants in mind, but they are industrious enough.

      I used to live in the deep South. Don’t miss the fire ants. The darn things can be dangerous to animals and children. My father use to douse their hills with gasoline.

      When we were raising our children on the Texas Gulf Coast, near Houston, I use to monitor the yard after a rainstorm. That is when the mounds would appear. Then I would poison them.

      Those little monsters would get int the house too. We had a sunny spot, a bay window in the kitchen. They liked that.

      I was in Alabama for little while in 1975. Fire ants were still relatively new invaders from Mexico, and the farmers raising cattle hated them. If a calf got into an ant hill while grazing,… Well, I would not want a hundred little stinging critters on my face around my eyes.

      So they use aircraft dropping poisoned corn to control the ants. Naturally the planes had to avoid residential areas.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Yikes. Are fire ants common only on the south? Our area has more problems with carpenter ants and I guess they’re at an all time high this year. The ones in my house are little though and they aren’t wearing tool belts.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        Fire ants don’t seem to be able to survive cold winters.

        There are multiple species of fire ants, but there is only one invading the South. It is easy to ID, particularly after it stings you.

        There are a bunch of different types of fire ants. Other than the fact they are trying to build a colony in your house, I would not know how to ID them.

        Because they live in the trees, I think carpenter ants are better adapted for shady, moist areas. Ants have different ways of building their colonies to achieve a certain humidity and temperature. That is why after it rains fire ants build mounds. They want to get their eggs and pupa to a warmer, dryer spot. Similarly, carpenter ant haul their eggs and pupa up into the trees after it rains.

        Carpenter ants have another issue with moisture. Dry wood is hard to chew up. Hence, if you can keep the wood in your house dry, the ants are less likely to riddle it with their tunnels.

        Now if I could only convince my lady that the trees shading the house are not a good idea.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Tom, you sound like my grandson – a walking encyclopedia.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        I can sound like a know-it-all. Hope that doesn’t describe your grandson.

        When I was a boy, ants fascinated me. They still do. I probably should have specialized in the study of them, but I wanted to be an astronaut.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I love my grandson and he is a know it all. He’s very smart. In fact at age 3 he wrote his first book on ants (of all things.) It was illustrated and everything. He is a senior in college this year. I don’t know what the future holds for him, but I know God has a great plan – maybe he’ll be an astronaut. Have a great weekend, Tom!

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        Illustrated? At 3? WOW!

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      • I know Tom–they kill baby calves, baby fawns, baby turkeys…and little thing that nests on the ground and is unfortunate enough to be near a mound—and their mounds have only grown exponentially—I know that when I was little, growing up here in Georgia we had never heard of fire ants—and like the armadillos and the the killer bees, they have migrated further and further north from deep in Texas, up from Mexico and the Central and Southern Americas—-
        They can cover anything perceived as a threat in mere seconds—even before one knows what’s happening.
        Needless to say, I detest them!
        But living on 5 acres of mostly pasture—I spend a small fortune in the warmer months trying to “poison” the mounds….sigh

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        These stories are really creeping me out. I’m sorry I brought it up🐜🐜

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      • kind of like the pig thing but not nearly as fun—I love bacon—we’ll stick to pigs…sooooiiiiieeeee

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Thanks, but I’ve heard some nasty stories about pigs too. No more critter posts for me.

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      • chocolate is good…..

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I love chocolate, but I’m supposed to cut down. Oh woe is me😞

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      • well, I’m not a dark chocolate fan of course, but they say that is the dieters delight 🙂

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        OK, dark chocolate it is. I’ll need to think on that.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        I have never heard exactly why they prosper in the South these days, but I expect it is because the forests have been cut down. Mexico is not exactly that far away, but they did not use to be in the South.

        Their mounds are almost always in the sun.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    I had an unfortunate encounter with fire ants once. I was planted right on top of the ant bed I guess. Did you know they apparently bite on command? Not a single one bit me until there were dozens all over my legs. Then the little ant commander yelled “one, two, three…bite!.” I actually had to go get a steroid shot at the emergency room and my legs looked like a pizza. Good luck with this.

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