Garden and Home Under Attack- Space Invaders (Ants)! Mood: Resolute
Monday, 01 Aug 11 Sunny 26°C / 79°F
Argentine Ants have taken over the entire garden, and significant parts of this house too! We very well may have to move out, particularly because we have a baby on the way.
These evil ants could, at the minimum, invade Junior’s space, bite baby, and keep baby miserable. And at their worst, they can swarm over and kill an infant- just like fire ants.
Looks like we have to gradually abandon our garden. No Fall sowing or transplanting for me. More likely, cleanup and garden archiving.
At least we’ve gotten lots of great food harvested, before it came to this. Might save some seeds and cuttings from our current favorites, especially the Red Okra and heirloom tomatoes.
We’re a bit worried about moving while pregnant. Maybe we can move in late 3rd trimester. That way if lifting something causes Junior to pop out, she or he will already be big enough to survive.
I hate moving.
But I hate Argentine Ants more than I hate moving!!
Argentine Ants are horrible. Have a very painful sting, similar to a Fire Ant. They produce multiple queens per nest, up to 50 queens a year, and some varieties of them are even insecticide resistant (ours are). Its like being trapped in a nightmare game of Space Invaders.
‘Space Invaders’ can be a fun video game for little kids- Not so much fun when the invading bugs are real instead of virtual. Especially not fun when invading bugs seem as tough to kill as mine. And, as in the game, these Invaders never stop coming no matter how many u kill- they just keep coming at a faster rate. :(
They will invade everything, if not kept in check with pesticides applied at first sign of activity, then reapplied over and over every time it rains (weekly in winter, 2 months or so at most during dry season)- to keep them out:
Sinks, appliances, wire insulation, walls, automobiles, carpets, beds, and couches are all potential nesting sites for these- and they do sting people in their sleep.
The ants are pretty much convincing me to move out of this old house which they have invaded.
Landlord refuses to take serious countermeasures to eradicate them because that would mean a huge expense: Either knocking out the infested wall, or “tenting” the house and gassing it.
Plus the ants are widespread in this neighborhood. Besides living in wood or insulation or other house parts, they reside in soil, fencing, tree roots, porous rocks, underneath concrete patios or walkways, and so forth.
The last time these ants were eradicated from this residential neighborhood via tenting, they came right back in under a year.
So, the property owners have given up trying to fight them. :(
But I have a baby on the way and this isnt a baby safe environment- thanks to the stinging Argentine ants.
Need to find a different neighborhood to live in which doesnt have this ant problem, if at all possible.
So. I confirm that Argentine ants are not a type of ant that ‘harmony’ can be found with!
EDIT to UPDATE-
Folks- Id very much appreciate it if u could please stop asking whether I have tried Remedy X or Remedy Y… Please trust me when I say we have tried every single pregnancy safe option there is! If it exists, and is OK for early pregnancy, then it’s already been tried and has failed. Because these ants are highly insecticide resistant.
(The only remaining pregnancy safe options are very costly- ie, opening up walls, or tenting the place).
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