Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Battle of the Ants

I live in a basement suite, so I get my fair share of creepy-crawlies creeping and crawling through my place. Naturally, I have patience for some more than others.

Every year in April or May, the ants come out looking for food. Every year in April or May, I make sure to remove anything resembling food from the area around my front door (that’s where they tend to come in). Every year in April or May, despite my efforts, I have a trail of ants coming through my house. Sometimes just one here or there or sometimes a mass infestation if I neglected to remove all the things resembling food in time (like my collection of empty bottles, for example).

This year, I was certain I was in good shape. I’d returned all my empties months ago, I spring-cleaned the area where my plants live, so any dirt, debris and sticky stuff was gone. So when I saw the first of the ants, I didn’t think too much of it. But one became five and then five became ten.

ThatWhiteGirl - battle of ants - it's on, no more mr nice guy

The battle of the ants had begun. I was thoroughly cleaning my floors, when I was bleaching them, I noticed all the ants were congregated in one area right by my front door. I vacuumed the mat in front of my door, but then minutes later saw ants crawling all over it again. I lifted up the corner was shocked at what I found.

ThatWhiteGirl - battle of ants - so many ants so disgusting

Literally* hundreds (*not literally) of ants milling about! I began pulling out anything and everything in that area in preparation of cleaning the shit of out it all. And that’s when I found it.

ThatWhiteGirl - battle of ants - a half eaten candy cane is like crack cocaine for ants

Months ago (obviously), a small candy cane fell off my table unnoticed and landed amongst my reusable shopping bags; it then became the coveted food item all the ants in the neighbourhood sought. They were obviously all talking about it based on the congregation I found.

I cleaned it all up, bleached the area and it appears as though I’ve once again reigned supreme in the battle of the ants.

ThatWhiteGirl - battle of ants - victory is mine

It’s only a matter of time until they prove me wrong once again.


  1. Hey, you should try an awesome HOME SEN%INEL fro ASPECTEK to GET RID OF ANTS!!!

    1. Holt shit, he of the backward baseball cap, acute lack of self-awareness, and pioneering douche, Fred Durst reads this blog!?!

  2. I have the trickle-in ants. So I'll find the scout ants, those two stragglers searching for food. Oh how I hate ants with all of my being.

  3. My mom uses Borax (a laundry powder) to kill ants. Works every time. If that doesn't help, I'd say just burn the place down and call it a loss.

  4. Fred - you gave me one, you should know that!! Probably the only reason I don't have a full infestation right now.

    Pickleope - he sure does! I hate them too... I can deal with the stragglers, but when they come in full force, I lose sleep.

    Beer - I've heard of that working well... I guess the internet doesn't lie. I will definitely try it.

  5. That's why ants are the real kings of the jungle - they are relentless!

    Although I suppose things could be worse. I heard someone in Kitchener had a swarm of bees move into their guest room.

    And couldn't get them exterminated since they are now endangered.


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