Saturday, August 11, 2012

An Embarrassing Infestation

Some people get embarrassed when they have an infestation in their home. It could be mice, rats, cockroaches, lice, fleas, wasps, ants etc etc. So they call the Pest Control man person but don’t really want the neighbours to know. Trouble is the Pest Control person turns up in a nice shiny van with “Pest Control” written on both sides in big bold friendly letters. So the Pest Control person, being very considerate, will park outside somebody else’s house when they visit, if that’s what the customer wants.

The reason I am telling you this is because on three separate days in the last three weeks I have had a Pest Control van parked outside my house and it has nothing to do with me. The field mice who live in my garage are quite welcome as long as they don’t venture into the house and the same goes for the ants who occupy my compost bin.

Which leads me to this piece from Sourcewire on flying ants. Extract:

This is the time of year when pest control companies’ telephones are red hot with people ringing up about giant ants with wings erupting from the ground and then getting on to clothing, getting stuck in hair and covering walls.

The problem normally disappears on its own within a few hours and there is very little a pest control company can do apart from charge a lot of money.
As is explained in the article this is the normal mating flight of the common black garden ant and it happens two or three times over the summer months normally on a still, warm summer evening. They will be coming from the thousands of nests that cover every square mile of the country as they look for a suitable mate. It is no different to humans swarming at a Night Club looking for a suitable mating partner, so let’s just chill out and let them get on with it. You wouldn’t want someone interfering with your mating habits would you!

The article also gives some brief advice on when to call the Pest Control person.

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