Ants Attack South Loop
05/07/2009 11:00 AM
How did the South Loop get so many ants? Donít they seem to be settling in a lot earlier this year? It seems like they were scurrying purposefully around my kitchen this Spring even before the temperature was consistently above freezing.
Where do they hide in the winter? How do they get in? Why are some so big and some so small? Do they do any damage or spread any disease? Are they all over the restaurant kitchens, too--from Oy Si to Zapatista to Bongo Room? What do they do about them? Yesterday I smelled bug spray outside in the air around the South Loop Club--and I wondered if their problem was ants.
The South Loop ants are everywhere--from tree trunks to the dead leaves that will eventually come up as we clean our yards for Spring. The ants get stuck in throw rugs and carpeting as they move along inside, clinging like jolly black giants would to quicksand.
Every time I kill one I feel guilty.
This is how I do it: I grab an unused napkin from Starbucks off my counter--and I crush the invader but good. Then I throw it away. And guilt overtakes me. It reminds me of the cheapness and shortness and meaninglessness of life. I wish I didnít have to do it. But I do. I figure the ant colonies must get the last laugh because who knows what the poison in the ant traps that I have scattered around the kitchen counters and the sides of the kitchen sink are doing to me?