Sunday, June 20, 2010


Who remembers the Blake Edwards theme to the Pink Panther? I watched the Saturday morning cartoons just so I could hear it. The made up words were "Dead ant. Dead ant. Dead ant dead ant dead ant..." etc.

And so it is ant season on the Gold Coast. Normally, the pests show up for about a week each spring. This year, it's been more like a month.

A long, annoying, icky month.

I went to the Hardware Store. The EXPERT there recommended a product - Terro. He said he'd used it himself. Little drops on cardboard are set around the frequented areas and the ants show up. With friends. It's a regular swarm as the ant party feasts on the poison. I was both grossed out and fascinated.

The next day, there were a few meanderers. But, as promised, there are none today! HA!

My favorite part of the product, however, is the labelling. It promises to kill the following kinds of ants: "Argentine ants, ghost ants, cornfield ants, pavement ants, acrobat ants, white footed ants, little black ants, odorous house ants, crazy ants, big headed ants, and other sweet eating ants.

Seriously, did you know there were even that many different types of ants? What about Peruvian ants? Juggling ants? Tiny armed ants?

I swear the people writing that label just started making them up.


  1. the Masadonian joker ants keep peeing in my ice cube trays!

  2. I hear the lazarus ants keep rising from the dead.