Attack of the Killer Paratrooper Fire Ants
October 25 2004
In case you didn't know I been tearing up my house trying to get it ready for the contractors whom are too busy to even talk to me about fixing the damage caused by Ivan.
As I was moving stuff around I kept hearing these little voices telling me to "GO SAILING, GO SAILING, and GO SAILING ". This sounds like a reasonable thing to hear when the voices in your head are talking.
Hundreds of Fire Ants make the kamikaze dive from the ceiling toward my face.
I got battle scars today. Tomorrow it begins anew.
October 26 2004
Went back to the house today, started tearing out some ceiling on the north wall that I had to abandon due to heavy fighting yesterday.
There is a wood frame header running across the ceiling separating the room. The header is framed in and the stuff needs to be removed. The main ceiling in the living room was undamaged, so it really did not need to come down. I wanted to chisel around the header removing the wire lath for the stucco.
Working the header I found them once again. This time they were ready. Only the bigger ants showed up. A few would scurry around looking at me and sticking their tongues out at me then duck back into the safety of the ceiling I really did not want to remove. I squashed a few just to show them who was boss.
Late in the day I tried a flanking maneuver back along the heavily defended north wall. It seems the ants pulled out as the remaining ceiling did not provide much cover. I was able to remove the last of that section and pull all the nails out of the joists.
A chemical attack was launched before leaving for the day. We had a three pack of insect foggers. I don't know how long they have been stuck in a closet, only found them by province or accident.
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