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June 27, 2006


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Ugh! Good luck. I found chemical weapons to be reasonably effective in deterring a couple of ant invasions, but even in our southern Maryland climate it was never this bad. If ants ever make it into my friggin' bed, I imagine I'd set its legs into some kind of liquid containers. I'm sure your household isn't lacking in enterprise.

Will Baird

First apartment. It looked fantastic and big. I had moved in and on the second night...




These roaches were over two inches long.
They were huge. Mutants. Evil.

I killed the ones that wanted intimacy. I tried the less than nasty interventions. Then...broke down when a new set wanted to get intimate.

I got multiple cans of chemical weapons. Just used them and crashed at my first wife's parents' place. When I came back, bazillions of them dead all over. One was twitching and dying when I got back. Melissa was with me. She was VERY disturbed by my very loudly taunting expression of delight as it died.

She didn't have them crawl all over her when she was sleeping.

I have happily used chemical weapons since.

Bernard Guerrero

Heh, heh, heh. Welcome to the dark side, Claudia. I'm with Will, I generally frown on finding pleasure in the misery of other creatures, but for certain arthropods I make an exception.

I have to say, finding large numbers of ants in bed would highly disturbing. The couple of times we've had them in a house, we've gone for the traps that lure them in and dose them with a chemical they drag back to the colony. Seems to be effective, and you don't have to cover your entire living space.

"I don't mind ants that much myself. Usually, if you have ants, you don't have cockroaches and that seems like a good trade."

Really? I wonder why. Competition for food? The ants eat the roaches one little bite at a time? And how do the earwigs feel about all this?

Bernard "The Ant Bully" Guerrero


Dear Claudia:

I think that it is the heat that draws them out and forces them on the move. To your bed, I don't understand unless it IS your milky white...lol

Be that as it may, the best poisons are the kind where the take it back to the nest. In the alterative, the basic sprays are effective, especially if you want to see them immediately dead, and, if you can find the nest, that's always fun to spray directly...playing, as it were, a mini-Hitler...I know you might find this reference somewhat offensive, but on occasion we'll stand outside around a bunch of ants and I'll declare myself Heinrich and do a slaughter, trains and all to mini-death camps...(grin). Well, at least my neighbors laugh.

Actually, I'm not too bad with ants. As a child I'd watch my sister take buttered bread, smash it face down on a trail of ants a couple of times, and then she'd eat it to horrify us. My brother retains an actual, full blown, phobia over ants...he goes crazy when they are near.

Me, I had some on me last night while watching Munich, the Spielberg movie, and Dana was less than happy that I just let them crawl around on me. So I killed them, but felt badly about it...lol

Best Wishes, Traveller

Brian D

I'd like to second the use of the traps that provide food to the ants so that they take it back their nests. When we moved into our current home 2+ years ago, we had *bad* ant problems. They were swarming into the kitchen before we moved in ... long lines of ants so thick you couldn't distinguish individuals. We placed the disc-type traps along their scent path and eventually they start wandering in to get the food. They take the stuff back and it wipes out the whole nest.

We've had intermittent ant issues in the past two springs, but nothing like that first year, despite our son's efforts at squirreling food away in any hidden location he can find.

Another advantage is that the spray is not going everywhere in the house, so it probably limits what people are being exposed to. Potentially, depending on where the ants are, you can place the traps in unreachable (for children) spots.

Not sure what you might have available to you, but the sort of traps I'm describing are similar to these: http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_dc_ab.asp


Just a little follow up on the Ant question.

I've just seen an article indicating that Ants get around and know where they are going by counting their steps.

Interestingly, if you put leg extensions on ants in an experment, attach stilts to their legs as it were, they can no longer find their way back to their nest...they always overshoot the mark...apparently because they are counting their steps.


Best Wishes, Traveller


Only large combative ants will take on adult roaches. Eggs and nymphs are open game, however.

Besides food, ants need water and minerals. Possibly they are after your sweat. There are substances that make surfaces too slippery even for ants. These are a modern alternative to putting your bedstead into buckets of vinegar.

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