Camponotus nearcticus


Let me introduce you to the guys that seem to be carrying the house we live in on their shoulders. This is the small Carpenter ant, formerly known as Camponotus nearcticus or “Campo” for short. I am assuming that most of the ants that are entering our kitchen are worker ants although I must admit I haven’t had a chance to get a magnifying glass and flip them over to check. I also must admit I don’t know what I would be searching for. I do know that male ants and queen ants do all of the reproducing. The male ants die shortly after getting to know the queen ant. And the queen ants have little wings that they break off after mating. Now I’m sure there is some type of moral in there somewhere, but I will leave it for now.

So anyway, while I have been trying to write on a very uncooperative computer, I have also been murdering ants in the kitchen:

I can bring home the bacon,and fry it up in a pan, and murder all those ants with my other hand. Cuz I’m a W-O-M-A-N. (Although my writing doesn’t quite bring home the bacon–it only brings in a cocktail weiner.)

So we clean up the ants, spray them with peppermint spray (so they smell fresh) and then my husband puts duct tape over the little holes in the tile. He assures me he will buy calk one day and use that. Of course the duct tape is silver and does go quite nicely with my Christmas decorations.

I must admit though, that I’m afraid to kill too many of these ants because I really do think they are keeping the house together somehow. If we disturb them too much they might pack up and leave us and then the house could just break in half and that could be a problem.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. missivesfromsuburbia
    Dec 04, 2007 @ 23:01:09

    Peppermint ants. Yummy.

  2. Debbie
    Dec 05, 2007 @ 06:47:11

    I just love your writing style rj, it puts me at ease and just makes me giggle.

  3. rjlight
    Dec 05, 2007 @ 07:41:39

    missivesfromsuburbia — hmmm, I could put them in pretty boxes with red bows and market them for Christmas.

    Debbie — Thank you! I love putting you at ease and making you giggle!

  4. Theresa
    Dec 05, 2007 @ 10:13:35

    Still laughing at the thought of you frying bacon with one hand and killing ants with the other. Well, in Colombia people eat chocolate-covered ants, so maybe you’ll start a new trend with the peppermint flavored ones…hey, maybe that’ll bring home some bacon…of course, you’ll probably have to move to Colombia for that to go over well. 😉

  5. Heather
    Dec 05, 2007 @ 23:34:30

    Oh the duct tape! I still remember him fixing our fridge shelf with duct tape 🙂 We’d had to reapply a couple of times. I can totally picture your floor!

    Miss you guys.

  6. VE
    Dec 06, 2007 @ 13:36:57

    Peppermint spray for ants. Yummy. Can you get egg nog for the holiday season?

  7. rjlight
    Dec 06, 2007 @ 13:50:10

    Theresa — they are supposed to be very nutritious and they taste like chicken I think.

    Heather — hey, that duct tape is the all-purpose carpeneter tool. Miss you too!

    VE- Eggnog flavored ants? Hmmm, will have to work on that.

  8. tobeme
    Dec 06, 2007 @ 14:43:07

    Ants are never any fun. They are simply looking for water, make sure that there is none laying around for them to find. Good luck!

  9. Jenna
    Dec 07, 2007 @ 12:16:43

    How frustrating! They are such inventive and industrious little buggers. Well, at least thank them for giving you something to blog about!

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