Monday, April 7, 2008

out with the cats in with the ants...and the turkeys a constant background

i am tired.
i have been running up a lot of hills.
yesterday and today.
in the rain, my running shoes are basically dark brown.
tomorrow i am taking a day off of running. just easy yoga. in town with my friend jan at 8:30 tomorrow. one of my fav. places that i have not been at yet...i will get the cajun poach or the french toast depending on how i feel when i get there and maybe an espresso or else an earl grey tea.

past few days have been much of the same. tea, meditation, little painting here and there...oh wait. no, i totally forgot i got gouged today by the government.
taxes. that sucked and took up much of my afternoon. worked out most of my rage about it with my friend missy as we ran up a muddy hill in the pouring rain this evening.

i woke yesterday morning to an attempted takeover of my room by these huge black ants with wings. i have seen a few of them on and off in the past on solo (perhaps scouting) missions and have shuffled them out the door...but this was ridiculous there was a huge mass of them on the ceiling and i realized it when a few hit me on the head. so i had to eradicate their asses. the bulk are gone but i am still needing to sweep 5 or 6 out every once in a while. they are huge.
i made a drawing of the two types i am dealing with, i would say i have 4 type 2s to every type 1.

then i just now googled big black ants and i immediately have found out what i am dealing with...those of you who "know" ants were probably already thinking "she has carpenter ants, it is obvious" and well touché.
the type 1s are worker ants and the type 2s are female ants
"Occasionally, swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives will emerge inside a home. Carpenter ant swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sure sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure." gross. but anyway yesterday morning david gave me some poison stuff to staple to the ceiling where they were which i did, which i think their numbers have been down since then...and the ones that i have seen since and shuffled out the door have been moving much slower then their monday morning it seems the poison is working to some extent.
another fact "Carpenter ants actually construct two different kinds of nests: parent colonies which, when mature, contain an egg-laying queen, brood and 2000 or more worker ants, and satellite colonies which may have large numbers of worker ants but no queen, eggs or young larvae." david mentioned something like this...i probably have a satellite colony.
well so maybe the ants scared away the cats cause i haven't seen them in a few days...hmmm.
put out some food tonight, did my "chhhh-chhhhh-chhhhhhhhhh"ing but have yet to see hide nor hair.
i think i miss them or anyway i prefer a mess of cats living under me to the swarm of ants above me. can't have it all.

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