Now, the season seems like more of a hassle than it is fun. What the heck happened?!
As I have grown older, I have begun to enjoy Summer less and less. I'd use the term "hate", but I don't know if I completely hate it. Not yet anyways. (Maybe if you give me a few years, I'll change my mind.) I'll just say I dislike it... a lot. Especially right now as I sit here on my bed with a fan blowing on me because my AC refuses to cool my bedroom properly. (Let's count that as reason #1 I'm bitter about Summer.)
One of the main things I dislike about Summer are the bugs. Ugh! I hate bugs! I could have also titled this post "Reasons Why I Dislike Bugs".
As Summer crept up on us here, I had my first battle with the bugs this year. Fleas to be exact. My yard and house were infested. They seem to be gone for now because of the heat and dry weather. Fingers crossed that it stays that way.
There are also those huge water bugs. I call them roaches, but I don't know if that's really what they are. Anyways - I can truly say that I hate those things! They come out during the Summer, and they just need to find someone else to scare the crap out of. Seriously.
But the bugs that are really bothering me right now? Ants. Each Summer, I have a battle with mostly just sugar ants. They come inside and get into things they shouldn't. They don't hurt when they bite, so for the most part they are just a nuisance. I'm happy to announce that I haven't had any sugar ant problems this year.
Instead, we have fire ants. And they've been coming inside of the house. I really dislike fire ants.
|The last moments of some fire ants on my counter.|
When you think of an ant, you'd imagine they'd be after pieces of food - right? Well, not these fire ants. They are weird. Sure, they find an occasional piece of food my three year old daughter drops on the ground. But what they are really after is my boyfriend's sweaty gym shirt he left on the bedroom floor or my dirty underwear in the laundry basket.
Sometimes, they don't discriminate with the laundry though. These fire ants also enjoy fresh laundry. It does smell like fresh ocean mist and is incredibly soft, so I guess I can't blame them.
I had the last straw with these pests a few nights ago. It was late, because I stay up late. I was getting ready to go to bed, when I heard one of my pet rats let out a screech. It wasn't one of his "my brother is fighting with me" screeches. It was kind of different. I looked over from where I was sitting and there was no brotherly scuffle, so I just continued what I was doing.
About 5 minutes later, my 3 year old daughter was talking about "ants" and "the babies". She calls the rats babies. I walked over to their cage to investigate and asked her where the ants were and she started pointing. Sure enough, there were fire ants all over their cage.
I quickly pulled out the rats and made sure they were ant free. Next thing I knew, I was hauling their huge cage out into the yard so I could hose it off at 1 am in the morning. Something I hadn't planned to do until the next day. Hey - at least it wasn't too hot outside, I guess!
I have a product coming in the mail that I am hoping will help with the ant problem. I'm going to have to be even more diligent in cleaning the boys' cage now. It seems as though these weird fire ants also like rat urine. Jack and Gus will be getting fresh towels more often, because this has me worried about them.
|Taken on the day of the ant incident. The boys had been out playing for several hours beforehand.|
It's never been a problem before, so I'm going to have to keep a close eye out. I feel so bad my poor little babies had ants in their cage but am glad I caught it before they were injured. I already check on them all the time, so now I find myself checking on them even more often.
If the ants want to indulge themselves with my laundry - fine. But once you mess with my babies, it's on!
I am ready for Summer to be over with already! How about you?