posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 12:18 PM
They are amazing creatures, along with all the other amazing creatures that we should peacefully inhabit the planet with.
Personally, I don't kill people if I can help it (Outcry!!)
So. as a kid, I too spent my days watching creatures (still my favourite pastime)
From the ants of Africa, the med, the green lands, the deserts.
They are well annoying, but remember, it's not personal.
They don't want to put raid on you,they don't want to wipe us out so we won't be an annoyance they just want the stuff you obviously don't want,
cos you dont protect it well enough.
I have in the last month, had a war with them, as has the woman next door.(in fact the correlation of stories between women, seems to be they are out
in force this year, stocking up, so to speak.)
I have a problem, as I wipe round them, not through them, each one is an individual to me (even if not to their colony) so it makes for longer
housework not to slay them.. I warn them, verbally and 'in that other place' that if they don't stop bugging me, I will mercilessly decimate them.
They actualy live in the house. In the roof, the walls etc. I let a lot of the smaller spiders stay to stop them comming in sas style by the roof.
Anyway. Cider vinegar, garlic(except some species seem to like garlic, perhaps they got a taste for it via my cooking) and bay leaves. I wipe the
tiles and wash the floor with cider vinegar,I also put vinegar bariers on major entry points - they don't like it. It takes about 5 days, but when
they have other options, they will use them. Now also, other options. I do not begrudge my waste. Anyone who needs it can have it. In fact, I deliver
it to those unable to come calling for it.
With ants, a small daily offering outside the property seems to please and apease them.
I do sweep them up if they send a raiding party, but then leave the dustpan on the floor so they can leave and TELL the others that the bitch is still
vigilant before throwing whatever crumb it was they were after outside for them.
Anyway. The woman next door used a kill everyone in the community bomb. Hers stopped bugging her (and breathing) about the same time as mine made a
truce with me.
Of course, mine are still here to atack me, but hey, at least I might have a chance of having ant people give up their food to help me some day, a
much bigger deal than just trying not to hurt them. Also, purely selfishly, it means I can feel good about myself and not have to deal with guilt, or
dismisal of such by pretending that they are only ants so it doesn't matter.
Do unto others and bless us all.
Lovely thread OP and all. Thanks.
Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. I do not wish to start a debate about the worth of one life vs another, the bible, or sanity.
I am not sane (thanks be) and I know it, but I am harmless.