Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Revenge of the Ants

I saw this comment here yesterday and laughed out loud:

Heh, usually I fight with my dad about our garden because I want to do everything organically and he's like, "What's wrong with a little Roundup? It says it's safe to eat!" This year the leaf cutter ants teleported in and ate an ENTIRE newly transplanted grapefruit tree and half a loquat tree overnight (these were like five-foot-tall, five-foot-wide trees!) and I the next day I said, "Dad, I have abandoned my principles. Go to the feed store and buy the nuclear-option ant killer. I don't just want them to die, I want them to suffer. I want ants to be unable to reproduce on this ground for the next hundred years. I want our yard to be a story that the old ants tell the young ants about the Place That Must Not Be Visited." So we killed them all and then our entire yard and driveway caved in because their tunnels were so extensive. Sigh.

Jen, I dunno if you're pulling our legs, but that's hilarious.

Thank you.

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At January 14, 2015 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Jen said...

I wish I were pulling your leg! We have to weave drunkenly down our driveway now to avoid all the pot holes. And speaking of drunkenly, I was telling some people at the beer joint about it, and they had all kinds of stories about cave-ins big enough for horses or tractors (!) to fall into from cut ants. One guy claims he never got the tractor out of the hole and just left it there to rust, but he may be pulling MY leg. All that's left of my poor grapefruit tree is a restless spirit, but the loquat may yet recover, since it only lost its top half.

At January 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Whoa. I think I found a picture - is this your place?

At January 14, 2015 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Their problem seems to be slightly more advanced than ours. They obviously waited too long to buy ant killer!

At January 14, 2015 at 9:01 PM , Blogger David The Good said...


At January 15, 2015 at 4:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said... Try this.It's pricey but works and it's labeled for fruit trees.I found someone to share a bag

At January 22, 2015 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

+1. (finally that explains all the sinkholes in my neighborhood.)


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