Go to the Ant, You Sluggard

WARNING:  This post might gross you out.  It grosses me out.

On Saturday, I noticed a bunch of egg-carrying ants walking around in my kitchen cabinets.  No thank you.  So, I decided to clean them out.  And this is where the grossness begins.

 

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This is the inside of my cabinets.  Ants realy are amazing, persistent little creatures.  See the little dirt trails?  They drag it in from the outside and get all cozy inside my cabinets.

 

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We frequently find dirt, ants and ant eggs inside, on top of, and underneath our dishes. 

I told you this was gross.

 

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I took everything out of the cabinets and swept it out.  This is all the dirt/ants/ant eggs that came out of there.  Yuck.  And that wooden stick once was a support beam, but now is just a sad little broken stick.

 

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Raid is my friend.  After removing everything from the cabinets and sweeping it out, I sprayed it with Raid.  There’s nothing like spraying poison in the place you store your bowls and plates!  But being left with the choice of ant babies or Raid, I chose Raid.

 

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After letting the Raid do it’s magic, I washed the whole cabinet out with bleach, let it dry and swept again.

More dirt.  But less than the first time.  Making progress!

 

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Ta-Dah!  All clean!

Until…an hour later I went back and found more ants!!!  Seriously ants? 

So, I did this whole process one more time.  More ants, ant eggs and dirt.  Ugh.

The worst part of this whole thing?  My househelper swept a whole bunch of dirt out of there earlier this week! 

Living in Indonesia has brought whole new meaning to this verse: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; it has no commander, no overseer or ruler; yet it stores it’s provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”  (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Ants are amazing little workers! (which I might appreciate a little more if they weren’t working inside my kitchen!)