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13 February 2012 @ 08:48 pm
Bloody things get everywhere.  
Bought a 20kg bag of dry cat food yesterday, and when I went downstairs to feed the cats tonight I found it covered in ants. Ants everywhere! There was a tiny hole near the base of the bag and the ants were having a field day.

No way was I wasting 20kg worth of cat food though. I wrestled the bag outside and blasted it with the hose to at least get the ants off the outer surface before I opened the bag, and then decanted the food into my big plastic canisters. The ants seemed to be concentrated at the very bottom of the bag; only one small canister ended up with the odd ant in it and I was able to fit it into the freezer which should fix that problem.

But ever since I keep finding ants on me. It was a couple of hours ago now but I'm still picking the occasional ant off my arms. Rotten little buggers.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
sunray45: Poinciana Flowerssunray45 on February 13th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Ants will get in anywhere, especially in this weather. You probably won't stop feeling as if you have ants all over you until you have a shower.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 13th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
They're awful things. I've been using food bowls with moats for the cats for months now due to all the ants that are about. If anyone drops a bikkie in the moat the ants quickly turn it into a little ant-bridge.
sunray45: Plant-Happysunray45 on February 13th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
They are smart little buggers. I had to stop putting water in the moats, as Jack is such a messy eater that a lot of bikkies end up in there, making great bridges for the ants.
miwahni: cats meezermiwahni on February 14th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
Bodie's theme song is Justin Timberlake's hit revisited - "Bringing Messy Back" as he is such a grub with his food. Upstairs cats have china bowls resting in porcelain saucers (all odds and ends from op shops, but how many cats do you know that eat off Royal Albert? *g*) and he fills the saucer with discarded bits of bikkie, which in turn absorb all the water. Ants ahoy!
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- CUPPA?draycevixen on February 13th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)

They are smart little buggers aren't they?

We usually see some in the summer time here although it's the fire ants that really bother me as we found out a couple of years ago, the hard way, that MG is allergic to them.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 14th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
Fire ants have been seen in my area; they're a real problem which the council tries to keep on top of. Every so often they leave me a note in my letterbox advising that they'll be coming onto the premises to carry out a visual fire ant survey. So far so good, they've not found any in my yard. Are they common where you live? MG being allergic would be a real worry.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- HIDE! -- Prosdraycevixen on February 14th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)

Unfortunately they've become quite common. They migrated up in some way no one is quite able to explain, from South America and the South has suitable weather for them.

MG never used to be allergic to anything but the doctors think it's a case of accumulative effect as he was stung several times by several things growing up (he worked on farms) and he'd been stung several years in a row by fire ants while working in our garden. Then, a couple of years ago, one fire ant bite and we were on our way to A&E.

I'm glad to hear that you've avoided them so far.
entropy_houseentropy_house on February 13th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ants are HARD to get rid of. I've spent years getting leaks fixed & patching up every tiny crack or hole in the walls I could find and sealing all small packages of food in plastic bins and have got down to where I can leave an open bag of dry cat food in the pantry without finding it walking an hour later.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 14th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
I actually admire you for that. I can't stop the tide regardless of what I've tried. They're everywhere. Trails of them through the backyard, and they come in through the floorboards even. I hate them with a passion!
anonpussynamer: buganonpussynamer on February 23rd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Get some Deadant from Bunnings or a produce store (I think that's the right spelling - it's in a tiny bottle). It's a very good product which we used to use and it gets rid of the ants ... otherwise, a line of talcum powder on their line will stop them as they don't like walking thru or over it. Just a couple of suggestions at this ungodly hour of the morning ....
miwahni: Boosh tarantula eggsmiwahni on February 24th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
Deadant? Haven't tried that, thanks, will hunt it up. I've put AntRid down in spots where I can be certain that the cats won't get into it but there are some places that I can't risk it. Like, for example, the ants that come up from between the floorboards in the kitchen. They must have a nest down there or something. I don't dare try to poison them though as the cats are in the kitchen all the time.
anonpussynamer: blondeanonpussynamer on March 3rd, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
We used to use Deadant (not sure of spelling - it could be DedAnt or summat) out west and it knocked the buggers for six. However, I also wouldn't use that around the cats either ... perhaps used the talcum powder trick which does work.

Ants going mental down here for the past few days too - I even found one on the sugarbowl but no problems there. Outside, they were really busy - it is raining lightly down here (nothing like down south), but so far, so good. Not a lot in it - yet (but March has only just started!!!).
miwahni: cats warmin ur dinnermiwahni on March 3rd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ants going crazy here too over the last few days, and then last night / today we've had rain again. Was at Jay's earlier tonight and it was pissing down.
anonpussynamer: yay!anonpussynamer on March 4th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Those little buggers do know, don't they? I saw a report on WZ and in the paper tonight that there's rain heading to SEQ - again. Put it this way, wouldn't want to be living on the Sunny Coast at the moment .... or Gympie!

Oh, and just saw a snip of news that announced The Big Wet Thing is heading up here and probably will hit tomorrow. Geeeeeeeeezuz - told LL to take her brolly down to work tomorrow. *g*
rosie55rosie55 on February 13th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ick, I hate ants! We are in the middle of winter here, of course, so not a problem at this time of year but I am busily occupied in trying to stop the mouse in our garage from feasting on the bird food stored in there! The cats are failing dismally in rodent control duties, though they do sit in front of the woodpile and stare hopefully.

I hate flying ants most of all - they get in your hair, horrible!
miwahni: cats sparklemeezermiwahni on February 14th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
I hope you catch your mouse soon. I don't know how my guys would go with that; there's one or two who are pretty keen little hunters but the others couldn't give a rat's (or a mouse's, as the case may be! *g*)
anonpussynamer: buganonpussynamer on February 23rd, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, mice - aren't they fun? *g* Same here as our "mousers" (thinking back to days gone by) were excellent, but the Tribe now wouldn't know a mouse if it bit them on the bum. We get them in the sheeps' cornbin at times and they usually have such a feast, that they can't climb out. Don't tell P, but I help the little buggers out when I find them. LOL

As for ants - have you copped a lot of rain this week (haven't been on the radar the past few days)? Just wondering as they go mental when rain's coming. :( Yes, I've been watching the six-legged freaks very closely here ....