I've never reposted before, but I am today because it's Tuesday . . . and it's been far too long since I've confessed anything. And there is an incredible sense of irony in the fact, that this is my very first Tuesday's True Confession and I can pretty much confess the EXACT SAME THING that I did in my very first Tuesday's True Confession in my old state. Let's just say that I woke up this morning to about 100 little ants coming through a crack in the caulking of our back door. I opened said door to find a GIANT ant hole as high as the threshold of our back door that is the cozy home to probably a thousand ants. My three year old and I spent the entire morning waging battle with the ants. Now, she just walks around the house with her eyes darting across the floor looking for ants. Picture me trying to explain to her that when the ants are outside in their home, she should leave them alone and not stomp on them . . . but when they are in our home, we stomp, squish, spray and basically annihilate them.
Poor kid is damaged for life!
I'm grossed out. You will be too, but please don't judge me. I found an ant. Not outside in the grass or on the sidewalk, but in . . . my . . . kitchen! And not just on the floor, but in . . . a . . . cabinet! And we all know that there is NEVER just ONE ant. I confess (This technically isn't my true confession for today.) that I am not a person who cleans the house everyday, but please believe me . . . our house is clean. Not spic-and-span-so-you-can-eat-off-the-floor clean, but at least I'm-not-going-to-find-an-ant-crawling-in-a-cabinet-at-11:30-at-night clean. So, like I said, please don't judge me.
As a result, I did something that I have wanted to do and needed to do for a long time. I took everything out of the cabinets, scrubbed everything in serious scrubbing fashion and put everything back in a neat and orderly way.
I started doing this at 11:30 PM, so it was a late night. I just couldn't go to bed wondering if there were more of those little pests running around in there. Thankfully (I think), I didn't find anymore, but now every time I walk into the kitchen or open a cabinet I'm expecting to find an ant. HELP! I don't want to use toxic pesticides just for peace of mind, but does anyone know of a toxic-free way to keep these little critters away?
Here's my true confession . . . I'm a hypocrite. You see, whenever I find a spider or other crawly little bug in the house, I gently scoop it up and put it outside where it belongs. I know, weird. I'm fully aware that this is completely bizarre behavior, but I just can't bring myself to kill them. I even have my girls trained now to come get mommy when they find a spider so we can rescue it and put it outside. But there is something in me . . . something deep down inside of me that cannot muster up the same compassion for ants. I'll just say it . . . I HATE ANTS - not outside-type ants, but any ant found in my house is definitely in danger and should fear for its life.
I guess I should thank that little ant because it helped me mark a to-do off my list that I've been putting off. At least my cupboards are cleaned, and now I can do what I like to do and . . .