An Ant Rant.....

Lots of Ants.. I Just Can't!

I was mowing the lawn today and had to move a large rock out of the way to maneuver around one of the corners.

When I lifted the rock, I found a giant nest of large, black carpenter ants wiggling around. I screamed, jumped back and started running away like a crazy girl. I looked up and down my arms and legs to see if any of the ants had jumped up on me. And, went running into the garage to find something to kill them with.

I scurried around and finally spied an old bottle of Wasp killer. I figured if the chemicals could kill wasps, then they could kill ants. I ran back to the nest and started spraying- then watched some of the ants flee and others stop in their tracks.

I felt better.

Is that wrong? Will the PETA police come to arrest me? They did get mad at Obama for swatting a fly. LOL…

Large Mass Of Ants.. So Gross

A Long History Without Ant Love

For as long as I can remember, large quantities of ants have freaked me out. One ant.. I’m good. Two ants, I might be motivated to flick one away. When I start to see three or more I tend to get up and get out.

About ten years ago I bought my first house in a distant suburb of Boston that was surrounded by a lot of tree cover. I found one ant, then two, then lots inside my house and called in an exterminator. He found a large nest in the drop ceiling and told me that he had to “bomb” the house to get rid of them. And, when he set off the chemicals the ants would come out of hiding as they died.

OK.. what did that mean? Dead ants everywhere. It was totally disgusting. I wonder what’s lurking in my home today?

OMG Antzilla!

Ants Are Not Vegetarians

I did some research today about my carpenter ant friends. Are they really that bad?

My search uncovered that carpenter ants can indeed bite humans. They usually don’t, but I quote “ Their jaws are large and capable of inflicting a painful bite.” Another writer described the bite as “a pinch and no poisons or acids are injected.”.

Although the ants live in wooden structures, they are meat eating bugs. They mainly live off of other smaller insects and the insects’ “excrement”. (Lovely) Occasionally they dine on decomposing animals like snakes and frogs.

Do ants do anything good? Well.. yes, they can play a positive role in the environment as they help to aerate the soil.

Ento What?

Like most things, there is an official term for having a fear of bugs - called entomophobia. Someone with this disorder has a slight to severe emotional reaction to bugs and/or anxiety.

I even found an article called “How to Cure a Fear of Bugs”, by Michelle LaRowe at eHow.

I don’t think I have entomophobia. But, I have had my fill of ants. For now....

Copyright 2009, M. Reynolds, All Rights Reserved


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

they like lollipops too.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

I rate Ants as one of the Most Fascinating Creatures On Earth, i've even written a hub about their amazing abilities. They're like humans, when one of them dies they all scuttle around and fuss about for a bit and then... nothing. They move on.


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

I have often wondered what ants were good for.  I put cayenne pepper around and inside the mound if outdoors as well as my flower beds.  I hate ants or any bug for that matter. Nice videos!! 

dori


Anthony James Barnett - author 7 years ago

I'm with you all the way. Since living in Spain I've waged constant war on all sorts of ants.... some tiny pin-pricks of things, some 1/4 inch long.... all trying to habitate my garden. I don't win of course, but I can't let them know that.


nazishnasim 7 years ago

I'm okay with ants. They seem like benign, harmless creatures pretending that they are big ... struting around as if the whole territory belongs to them.

I hate mosquitos, nothing is like those blood-sucking leeches! Lately, I have become a mosquito-serial killer! Oh, how I love to see their blood smeared around when I sqat them with anything that's in my hand!

P.S. Don't hate me.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I'm guessing you have an issue with creepy crawleys.  You could say you're Buddhist and use that as a mask to cover your phobia!

Ants are great, mostly,  Yeah some get a bit overwhelming and take over your space, just take back your space.  But they are great cleaners and our eco-system would be sad without them.


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Reynolds_Writing 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Wow.. What awesome comments everyone. Glad to see it's not just me that does not enjoy the creep crawleys..


Minga 7 years ago

Carpenter ants can destroy parts of your house. Just had an exterminator visit after I saw about 100-200 of those hunters crawling up the front of the house. The exterminator says some have wings. He stated that the creepiest view is a large lump of winged ants living on a wooden surface eating away at your assets.

On another note. pavement ants removed a lot of earth from under our driveway and we have some parts that have caved in and collect puddles which then attract mosquitoes. But we will not give up the fight!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Ants, I think, will outlast us. They have their place, but not on your person or our property, thank you! Ah, it's an arrogant point of view, but one I admit that I share.


see 4 years ago

there are thousands of ants in my house.about 300-350 cockroaches.about 20-25 leeches.about 10 locusts.100's of frogs and many more living beings.these aren't toys.

belive me or not.its absolutely true.if you have a doubt,come to my house,i will show you.

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