For the past week or two I have been doing battle with large black ants; large black ants that bite…ow. These nasty critters have been interfering with my beloved hummingbirds by crawling up the wood post on which hangs the hummingbird feeder and then getting into the yummy sugar water. They swarm around and in it and make such a mess the poor birds can’t feed. That made me crazy.
Being the normal American girl I am…I immediately thought of the big green can of Ant spray. I sprayed all around the deck floorboards, up the wood pole and in the surrounding area; all the time hoping this toxic goop wouldn’t interfere with my hummingbirds. Well, it didn’t. Nor did it stop the nasty big black ants from climbing all over and into the hummingbird feeder.
I stood there Thursday morning watching the mess and at the same time I had a bra stap that was slipping. Now you think these two things may be totally unrelated and you would be wrong. The slipping bra strap led to my amazing A-HA moment.
I went inside to my bedroom, took the double-sided tape dispenser from my closet and went back outside with a step stool. I wrapped double-sided tape all around the wood pole in several places and also put lots of it on top, around, and under the hanger that holds the hummingbird feeder.
Of course that sounds relatively easy. It wasn’t. I spent about an hour wrestling with the tape, getting it stuck all over me in the process. I fell off the step-stool once (I was only on the lowest step so it was no big deal thankfully) but my neighbors must have wondered what the heck I was doing as I literally embraced the wooden pole while frantically tearing off strips of tape and swatting off big black ants from my tender flesh. Ugh. I imagine my neighbors realized it was just Linda up to her usual nonsense and they quickly found other amusement (read: grabbed their videocams). At one time I had double-sided tape all stuck in my hair while doing the tape-tearing, hair-pulling + ant-flicking dance on top of the step stool — I’ll be periodically checking YouTube just in case (you never know with my neighbors).
I finally finished my taping experiment. Then I stood back and watched. The ants climbed the pole but they wouldn’t cross the tape. They went up and down, around and around but all of them stopped dead in their tracks at the tape. One ant got crafty and actually showed up on top of the pergola and climbed DOWN toward the feeder – but he met with a sticky surprise when he got there because the hangar itself was also wrapped in double-sided tape and the ant refused to cross it.
YAY – Dang skippy I’m smart. And my hummingbirds no longer have to put up with nasty ants in their food. Tomorrow I tackle world hunger… sigh…