There is a reason why I only use white sheets and pillow cases.
I’ve been traumatized by something as small as the end of your pen.
The saying is that “Everything is bigger in Texas,” but some things there are very, very small.
I have to go back to my early twenties to recount this story. We lived in a second floor apartment with a bedroom full of furniture and two lawn chairs in the living room. Poor, but young and newly married, so it didn’t matter.
Everything remained clean because the apartment was small, there was only the two of us and I was a clean-aholic. There was a huge walk-in closet which is the reason we chose that apartment to rent. I like big closets more than I like big rooms! His clothes were on one side and my clothes were on the other side of the closet. Everything was neat and organized. We both wore suits to work, so the closet really looked fantastic with all those pretty, starched shirts (which I ironed myself) among his dark suits and my colorful suits. ** Nerd Alert **
One summer evening as we were getting ready to go to bed, I pulled back the bedspread and top sheet and
My bed was covered with ants! Little ants crawling everywhere! Crawling in and out of my sheets and on my pillow! Their trail went from my bed, across the wall, and into my closet. I felt panic. I was going to vomit. ** Wimp Alert ** As I opened the closet door and followed the trail of ants. I watched as they were weaving in and out of all our clothing.
I wanted to run! How could this be happening?!
I hate bugs. I ABHOR ants. It gives me the creepy crawlies to watch them too long.
I’m a wimp.
We decided to get rid of all the critters on our bed first and proceeded to destroy the ant highway from the closet to the bed. It took hours.
I didn’t sleep well.
The next day I emptied the closet, shook every piece of clothing and placed it on a big white sheet in the living room so I could watch to see if any ants crawled out of them.
There wasn’t ANY reason for the ants to be in the closet! I didn’t find any dead bugs or food. I soon learned that ants are attracted to body oils that remain in your clothes. Tide laundry detergent made them clean, but there still remained enough “people oils” to attract ants.
It took a whole lot of visits from the exterminator before the critters went away. I was forever scarred. It has been over twenty years and I still can not get into the bed without first looking to see if the coast is clear.
My posting about those totally white rooms is partially based on the fact that white will let me see any bugs that might want to crawl around within the peacefulness of my four walls.
All bugs are uninvited.
I think that contributes to my dislike of camping with the wild things and putting my “bed” on the ground. No thank you!
Eventually we moved into a house. The first time I saw “a bug” I went crazy…well, not literally. In order to keep the wild things outside, this is what we had to do monthly with the exterminator…
- We emptied everything out of all the cabinets. The exterminator sprayed the base of the house and ten feet into the yard. He also put crystals (sorry I don’t remember what kind) all along the base of the house. He had to do it when it was forecasted not to rain for a few days.
- Inside he sprayed all around the baseboards, inside all the kitchen cabinets and the bathroom cabinets where the water pipe meets the wall (ants love the moisture).
- The exterminator visited every month to spray.
A few tips to prevent visits from unwanted creatures
- In the back of your cabinets, put a row of odorless moth balls.
- Before you put away the groceries into the cabinets, wash your cans and wipe your boxes with Mr. Clean or a Clorox solution.
- Keep cereal, sugar, noodles, and rice in big plastic containers that close TIGHTLY.
- Put flour in your freezer. You can put the flour in large freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer. This will keep weevils out.
If you like him, you better keep the Itsy Bitsy Spider at your house. He won’t last long at mine.