Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
There are times when I feel like I would be better off to just walk away from my house and forget all the financial troubles I deal with everyday. But, where would I go? How would I get there? How would I live? Would I actually be better off than where I am right now? In the end, I simply stay put and hope for better days…. someday. The problem is that someday never arrives.
You want to know what has me feeling overwhelmed by poverty this time? It is these tiny creatures. The meat eating ants that BITE! Or maybe its sting. Wha ev ah. It hurts! Shown here with some sugar scattered and a piece of hot dog. Those darned things won’t touch the sugar but swarm the hot dog almost immediately.
Its hard to cook or can or anything in the kitchen when I know I’m gonna get bitten or when there are ants everywhere on every surface. I believe the main ant hive is directly under the kitchen in the crawl space. Mice and rats eat the poison under the kitchen sink and under the water heater then go below the kitchen to die in the crawl space. The ants thrive on the dead bodies of the mice and rats.
Usually the ants are gone from sight within a few days but not this year. This year I’ve been fighting them for almost two months with no end in sight. I did manage to get those 13 pints of cherry pie filling canned but then I gave up and let the ants have the kitchen. I’m going to be eating at a soup kitchen for awhile.
I did an internet search for ways to kill the ants. I tried several things but none worked. These are very smart ants. They know a trap when they see it. I did use some organic bug spray. I don’t care if it does say “Safe around kids and pets. Safe even in kitchens.” I don’t want to be preparing food on a counter or stove that has been sprayed with a bug killer, even if it is “organic”. Organic does not mean good for you. It means chemical free. Snake venom is organic too but I sure don’t want to eat any. This organic ant killer stuff kills on contact but does not work when dry. I don’t like the lemongrass smell either. I think it stinks.
Why don’t I call an exterminator? I did. I also did some figuring for how to come up with the money to pay for it. I could take a couple of things to the pawn shop and with a loan from my daughter I would be able to pay the cost. Except that the exterminator company can’t do anything for me until I have paid a HVAC company to reverse some work done by the city several years ago. A word of warning…. NEVER let the city work on your house!
The city decided a little old lady doesn’t know anything so they put an extra, very unnecessary, heater floor vent from my furnace. They decided the best place to put the duct work was right smack dab where the access point to the crawl space is. (was) So, no access to the crawl space which means no access for an exterminator to go under the house to kill the ants.
And another thing; before the exterminator can effectively kill out the ant colonies I must pay an insulation company to remove the very unnecessary insulation the city said should be packed into the air vents around the house. Air vents are supposed to be opened in the warm months to dry out the dampness under the house then closed in the colder months to keep out the cold air. Dampness and darkness is what the meat eater ants want. The city made the perfect meat eater ant living area right under my house by permanently sealing up the air vents from the inside. I provided them with food by killing the mice and rats.
So you see how its better financially for me to simply start going to the soup kitchen and let the ants have my kitchen until the ant migration time is over? Even if I came up with the money for the exterminator I couldn’t pay the costs for the other work.
I surrender! You ants can have the kitchen and the bathroom. Just stay out of the bedroom. That’s mine. The grand daddy long leg spiders in the studio (3) stop any ants from venturing there. The spiders don’t bother me and I leave them alone. They sure do keep other crawly critters out. Hmm…. maybe I should transplant a couple of the spiders to under the stove or inside the sink cabinet. Who knows, it might work. AND that is organic too.