Monday, August 23, 2010

Ant Attack update

Plan A seems to have worked.  I have not seen ants in my bathroom since I laid down the bait powder.  However, they have decided to move on to other parts of the house.  On Saturday, they were seen coming out of an electrical outlet in my roommate's bedroom.  When we took the cover plate off, we found they had made a next inside the outlet box.  They were also coming out from behind the tile in the kitchen and marching up the sidewalk outside of the house like a massive army. 

Any suggestions on how to completely eliminate these pests would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Killer Ants part 2- The Invasion Continues

On the way home from work yesterday, I decided to pick up a few items for these pesky invaders of my bathroom- namely Ant bait killer and Raid! And it is a good thing I did!

I arrived home to find that they were not just climbing out of the new hole they managed to find, but they were covering my entire bathtub, on the walls, climbing out of the bathtub, down the wall, across the floor, and out into my bedroom!! I decided that this was war- and the hour of attack had come. These ants chose the wrong person to mess with.

I began by fumigating the entire area of with Raid. I had to wait for a while for the air to clear before going back in to clean up the mini- carcasses and spraying anyone who survived the nuclear blast.

After cleaning up the little bodies (more like washing them down the drain), and scrubbing the entire bathroom down yet again (I just did that Saturday and Monday), I laid this ant bait powder in the main areas I’ve been seeing them come out or congregating. Now, I wait….. wait to see if they take the bait!

If this doesn’t work, then we will try plan B. What is plan B? I have no idea.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Killer Ants!!!

My bathroom, especially around the shower, is infected with killer ants. When I was cleaning out my bathroom on Saturday, I discovered 2 holes at the top of the shower with ants crawling out of them. When I put a wet cloth over them to clean them up, hundreds of ants came pouring out of the holes. As I tried to clean up the ants, more and more came out of the holes. While cleaning them up, one of them got on my hand and bit me. I swear it had piranha teeth! The more I tried to clean them up, the more I was getting bit. The landlord filled the holes with cement and this sufficed for the day. However, they have since found another hole to come out of... and they are hungry. I am now exploring other alternatives on how to get rid of these pesky invaders.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

House Hunters International- Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

House Hunters International. If you haven't seen this show on the Home and Garden Network, you should check it out. They follow a person, couple, or family on their journey to find a new home, whether in the United States (House Hunters) or in a different country (HH International). The people searching for the new house are showing 3 different houses, have a chance to talk about what they liked and didn't like about each house, and then choose where they want to live. Last week, I felt like I was on one of the episodes.

Since arriving in the country just over a week ago, I began searching for a new place to live. I checked out several houses, thinking through the positives and comparing it with the negatives of each house. I finally decided on a house on Saturday morning.

Rossy, my new roommate, and I signed the contract on Saturday morning. We then cleaned the house from top to bottom all day Saturday. We were moved in by Saturday night. I spent the rest of the weekend organizing and unpacking.

While there is still a lot to do and a lot we still need to get (like a refridgerator!), I thought you might like to see what the house looks like. Here are some pics....

The front of my new house.
Living Room
My bedroom. I was given the master bedroom- with its private bathroom!
My bathroom.
Dining Room

We also have a laundry room, which will soon be the home to a washing machine and the refridgerator (no, they didn't leave any space in the kitchen for a fridge!). We also have a small yard in the back and a front porch. It is a nice house in a nice neighborhood- a little noiser than I would have liked, but I will get used to it.
If you want to see more, feel free to stop by for a visit!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A new look for a new year

Since it is the start of a new school year, I thought I would create a fresh start with my blog. So, it now has a new look. Hopefully, I will be able to keep up with it more so than I have in the past. Remind me if I start to get lazy and bug me as much as you need to so I will update it!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I have failed!!

I have failed you! I am such a bad blogger!!

Well, summer has come and gone and now I am back in Jarabacoa. However, since it has been ages since I have last blogged, allow me to give you a picture review of my summer...

Watching my nephew, Collin, play baseball.
Visiting my friend in Oklahoma while presenting in churches about my ministry.
I presented in several churches in Ohio and Oklahoma this summer.
Hanging out with my family in the swimming pool.
Playing with Roni, the family dog.
Taking my nephew hiking and exploring.
Celebrating my birthday (a little late- since I was away on the actual day) with my family.

It was a very full summer, full of work and some fun. Time passed very quickly. I am now back in Jarabacoa and looking forward to an exciting school year!