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January 1, 2014

Revenge of the Country Critters



Aside from learning that skunks like dog food, we also discovered that they are not dumb. With every obstacle Hubby puts up, the skunks figure out a way to escape through, around or under the nearby fence.

O Joy! We have been blessed with the skunk equivalent of Einstein.

Then there are those pesky ants that decided to move into the house before Christmas. After attempting countless DYI methods (including spearmint gum), the exterminator was summoned. He checked out the places we saw the ants and put down little clear boxes that the ants were supposed to stroll through and take to the blasted queen.

Before he left, the guy cautioned that the process may take a few days and we might have to squish the strays until the little box did its thing. Perhaps he should have put up neon signs for the ants because after days of squishing the numerous strays, the ants moved further into the house with no plans to vacate the premises.

They found all kinds of goodies and new places to explore, taste and cover with their little pesky bodies. The invasion has gotten so bad that I woke up during the night dreaming of battling ants. Not conducive to the much needed beauty sleep we humans require.

Usually, this company does a fairly good job of keeping the critters outside, but they use environmentally friendly, blah, blah, blah, and “safe” products. In other words, the ants laughed at the guy.

Time for the ant annihilating bazookas.

Of course, it is possible that the critters living in those once wide open spaces are fighting back, telling the humans to stay out of their territories, or else. In either case, the battle rages on.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her third novel, “Sins of the Father” will be available on in mid-January. Visit her website:

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