Feeling antsy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Permalink

I’m just dropping in quickly today to have a rant whinge about something on my mind – while confessing to YET ANOTHER phobia.

Ants.

I hate the bloody things.

I don’t know why. I know they’re essentially harmless but they just freak me out.

When I come across them I do my bit to further destroy the ozone layer by spraying them TO DEATH with whatever fly or insect spray is on hand. I once even used perfume in the absence of insect repellent.

I know my brother and sister-in-law joke that I’m very a bit anal when it comes to tidying up after cooking and eating. In fact, I generally rinse things and clear surfaces before I sit down with my meal. And… as soon as I’ve finished eating I rinse everything and get it in the dishwasher.

Part of that obsessiveness eccentricity is about the fact that I hate clutter. And, although I constantly talk about my #ToDoLists on Twitter, I actually get angsty (and antsy) about having things ‘to-do’. They play on my mind. I can’t relax. Until they’re done.

But… it’s also the cleanliness that gets to me. And… the bloody ants (or cockroaches) that will rain down upon me if there are crumbs about on which they’ll feast. Bloody things. (Oh, did I say that already?!)

Yesterday, after mammoth amounts of rain, a little trail of tiny ants appeared near the back door of my apartment. Not to be ambushed, I got my trusty insect spray out and asphyxiated the lot. (Am hoping the Buddhists aren’t right about that whole ‘coming back as something else’ thing!)

And then this morning, I was innocently scrambling an egg for breakfast when I looked up and…. there were thousands dozens of the bastards trekking across two walls of my apartment.

So… again I contributed to global warming (and I do apologise for being glib about my over-use of aerosol spray!) and sprayed half a can of stuff over my living space.

I’m now hiding out in my bedroom – where the air is breathable – but constantly feeling itchy, like I have ants crawling on my back, or arm or leg.

I know my pitiful little trail of ants is far from plague proportions as I’ve had far worse.

And I know it’s mostly about the rain, but my kitchen and living space are getting wiped from top to bottom once I can again breathe the air in there.

Bastards!

Can anyone else relate?

PS. Linking up with Jess at #IBOT today.

20 Comments
  • Mel
    January 29, 2013

    Haha, I love your rants Deb! Although I can’t relate…I don’t have a phobia of the little 6 legged creatures but I have experienced the frustration of their attendance once or twice! They’ve just shown up at your place because their’s has been washed away!
    I suggest you buy a little tube of this ant rid stuff that looks & smells like honey; the ants are drawn to it then take it back to their nest where it makes them all sterile or something. They’ll be gone within a week!!!!

    • Debbish
      January 29, 2013

      A week!?!?!? I can’t wait that long!

      Will check out the ant rid this afternoon though!
      x

  • Neen
    January 29, 2013

    hehe I wouldn’t say phobia for me but yeah can relate to hating the little things. Fine if they are outside where they belong but stay outta my house!
    And that goes for mice too.

    • Debbish
      January 29, 2013

      Oh, definitely mice – and rats. Thankfully I haven’t had any problems with them. (Famous last words!)

      Deb

  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    January 29, 2013

    Can TOTALLY relate! I HATE ants with a passion! They should all just DIE in my opinion! I dont’ care if they’re outside, but they absolutely do NOT belong in my house! We used those ant bombs in our old place and they seemed to work.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Aroha – I SO agree. Outside they’re kinda cute… but inside. Blech!

      I may succumb to the ant bomb yet!

  • Melissa {Suger}
    January 29, 2013

    Ants are the worst, but I’m not phobic of them, that special feeling is saved for rodents.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      In many ways they’re just kinda pointless aren’t they? Annoying and pointless! (Oh… and I’m with you re the rodents!)

  • Mumabulous
    January 29, 2013

    Meanwhile ants have taken up residence in the microwave at Chez Abulous. This may call for the use of weapons of mass destruction.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Yes… Aroha left a comment talking about ant bombs. May be exactly what we need!

      😉

  • Mel @ The cook's notebook
    January 29, 2013

    I read your tweet about this with more than a little smugness. No ants here! No sireee! But then about 5 minutes later I went to get a glass of water. Thousands of the little F***ers. There were NONE 15 minutes ago. NONE!

    HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN???????

    Gah.

    Off to get ant rid.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Yes, I’ll need to go shopping today. Mine spread as well. One minute they were all dead – stuck to the walls or in little heaps on the floor / benches and next thing they’re in my bloody bedroom. Again I pulled out the insect spray and gassed myself to death.

      Am hoping now that the rain’s gone, they will be too. (Wishful thinking perhaps?!)

  • Twitchy
    January 29, 2013

    I don’t have an ant phobia, they do perform a very important ecological function… but just *not* in my house, where they’ve been trailing in of late. We’ve never had an indoor ant problem before, but something has sent them in this week. I bought a 3-pack of Ant Rid baits and laid them out. But the clever bastards just walked around them. I have heard they are getting wise. WISE I tell you! Be careful spraying near food areas or fishtanks though. I use Vanilla Spray on surfaces for that reason. Good luck! Visiting from #teamIBOT

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Oh… sounds like the ants are evolving! (Who knows what they might grow into one day!)

      Yesterday after spraying with insect spray I wiped the benches with Wet Ones – which possibly defeated the purpose of spraying anyway.

      Am investigating options today so will have a look for the vanilla spray.

      And, I so agree – outside they’re fine (happy for them to go about their business) but inside…. Not so much!

      Deb

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    January 30, 2013

    I hate those big horrible ones that bite!! They love our alfresco area and my poor wee baby got bitten on the bum last week – BOO.

    • Debbish
      February 1, 2013

      Oh yes… are they green ants? Or red ants? And then there are fire ants – which are troublesome for some reason….

      Just. Don’t. Like. Any. Of. Them.

  • EssentiallyJess
    January 30, 2013

    Our house doesn’t have a huge ant problem, but there are lots of cockroaches. Honestly I prefer the roaches over ants anyday. Ants are so annoying

    • Debbish
      February 1, 2013

      Ants are hard to kill. Cockroaches are creepy but less hardy and more visible.

      Mind you – a house with neither would be preferable!

      Deb

  • Neen
    February 23, 2013

    So I’m a bit behind it seems. Google Reader has only JUST showed me your last ten posts as unread. I was happily reading, commenting away, thinking you’d just written and posted 10 blogs in a row. Now suddenly I’ve realised that some of these posts are from more than a month ago. Sorry for the tardiness!

    Paragraph 7 sounds exactly like me!

    • Debbish
      February 25, 2013

      That happens to me sometimes as well – posts suddenly pop up when I’ve been assuming that the person hasn’t been posting!

      PS. The ants have gone for the time being, though it’s raining again so not sure if they’ll return. Must buy some more spray. JUST IN CASE!

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