Wednesday, March 25, 2009

we are officially at war

with.....


TERMITES.

An hour ago I saw a bug that bore a remarkable resemblance to a termite. I looked around and found another. I followed the trail into the dining room, and I found the mother load.

I considered grabbing Marianna (Adrienne was already at my mom's), and getting out of Dodge, but I opted instead to take matters into my own hands with the nearest thing I could find to do the trick. Ant spray. Here's a view of the carnage (and a few Marlee hairs as well).


Nathan told me shortly after the massacre took place that the termite man said that the creatures only live between 5 minutes to an hour in the air, meaning that all I did was shorten their already limited life span. But, if they swarm again before tomorrow (and I've been told they could) I am not going to let mother nature run her course and wait for a natural death. No siree. I am finding that I can breath easier, the ant spray smell not withstanding, with those little bugs dead on the ground instead of flying around my dining room, so if it happens any time in the next 18 hours, I will come out armed and ready once again.


What are these?


You guessed it. The tell-tale holes of escape, loaded up with my little home remedy (ant spray again) and blocked off by tape until tomorrow when the termite man can come. However, since talking with the termite man again, I have removed the tape because he told me if more are going to swarm, they might as well go through the same hole instead of boring new ones. Makes since to me, although any discussion of termites swarming is making my stomach do flips.

I am very sad to say that we do not have a termite contract, although we will from this day forward and forevermore, so we will have to wait til tomorrow to hear what damage has been done. Will this steal my joy? No. Thank you Jesus, termites are a very, very small inconvinience in the scheme of things. Will it make me cringe? It already has, and I'm sure tomorrow, I will again. But a lesson is learned. Termites happen, so make sure you're covered!

13 comments:

Linda said...

Oh, Ang...a picture is definitely worth 1000 words. What awful looking little creatures. You have a great attitude though and even hearing your voice there was no panic - just steely determination to rid the Luce home of these little invaders, one spray at a time. Go get 'em, Girl!

Heather Kimble said...

Oh, the HORROR...I am having Flashbacks...I will pray for you :o)

We had termites...we didn't have much damage PTL...a quick call to Terminix, and $35 a month for 12 months and the little buggers were gone for good! That was 3 years ago and I haven't had another problem with them...knock on wood (so to speak)

Daniela said...

I have been a regular reader of your blog for a long long time and have never commented until now. I was laughing so hard and dont know why. This post just tickled me..not because I think it's funny to have termites, but because I would do the EXACT same thing. God bless you, Im calling to get a contract..you poor thing.

Emily said...

EWWWWWWWWWW!! Good for you for retaliating! I definitely would have run.

asplashofsunshine said...

OH YES, have a contract with the bug people! Did I mention that in the meantime, let RAID become your friend!!!! SHOW THEM WHO'S BOSS! :)

Cathy said...

Bugs, bugs I dont like any kind of bugs. Praying that the termite man will give you a great surprise and the price will be low!

Just'N Angel said...

I have been scratching and shivering ever since I read this. God bless you and your babies...I say "Hotel until free of bugs."

Adam & Amy Wilson said...

Angie, I'm so sorry! How horrible. I hope today proves to be successful in resolving the un-welcomed invaders!

Tonia said...

Oh man, I hate bugs!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and have been blessed.
We have had war with termites before! We also had a termite contract! It can get costly, hopefully it won't be bad. Our termite co. didn't want to pay but finally did. Good luck

Shannon said...

I now have the heeby jeebys =) I hope your termite problem goes away!

lora and stephen said...

Just yesterday I was semi-complaining to my husband about the annual termite contract bill that we pay and saying it sure seems like easy money for them. They just walk around the house once a year and send a bill. Now it doesn't seem like such a bad idea, and maybe it is well worth the money:)! I hope that you do not have any more problems. I enjoy reading your blog!

beccad said...

Oh Angie we have the same problem. I will be posting pictures on my blog soon. But you had the great idea of blocking them with tape, genius. Oh no my husband tore a hole in the wall to see the extent of the damage. Nice!! So we had the termite guys come out and spray this foaming stuff into the hole and it works within 24-48 hours. So I was finding a pile of these nasty bugs on the floor. I would swiffer them up and then an hour later another pile. It took a couple of days before they were all dead and I didn't see anymore crawling around in there, very nasty. I will not lose my joy either.