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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Every spring we get some kind of ant invasion but this year we have been invaded!  Probably due to the unusual weather we had this winter.  My DH gave a holler to look come look and they were carrying eggs in!  Yuk!  So all out war proceeded. Sweep, vacuum, put out ant killer, move the dryer, do this, do that!  Meanwhile I'm getting more and more tense  and can feel my muscles tightening up.  I try to breath slowly--tell myself to Chill.
Does anyone else have this problem when something unexpected happens?  No matter how calm I try to be, I get all tense.  Also has anyone tryed GABA or L-Theonine?  I've been reading some about both and they are suppose to calm the brain and help calm the nervous system.  The one I have been looking at is Stress-Relax Suntheonine, an L-Theonine type product.  It is a chewable, you are suppose to take 2.  I figured I could take one or half of one to see how I reacted to it.  I get side effects from things and I'm med phobic even with vitamins, amino acids etc. 

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   Posted 7/1/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to sound probably wierd, but my brother did this when I had an ant problem. He filled up an icecube tray of sugar water. The ants came, and well drowned.
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   Posted 7/1/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can find a nest or a place where they are coming in you can use plain old borax, aka washing powder. I've poured in on ant mounds outside and gotten rid of them. Also the non-toxic solutions of borax in corn syrup attract sweet eaters. They take it home to their nests and you wipe out the whole lot for a few months.

I like the ice cube trays! Also a non-toxic solution!!

To relax, just remember that of all the bugs, ants at least are clean. They don't contaminate things with bacteria because of all the formic acid in their mouths.

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   Posted 7/1/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I too have to consciously tell my muscles to relax. Otherwise, my shoulders are up around my ears!
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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I use to explain that exactly as you said it, your shoulders are up around your ears. Keep telling your muscles to relax. This is like meditation. And it helps.

I use that terro ant killer. A little drop on a piece of cardboard where you see them congregating. They will carry it to the nest. But it is toxic, make sure it is where kids or animals can't get to it because it is sweet.

Best of luck to you. I hate ants as much as I hate spiders. They both give me the creeps with those fast moving legs. Yuck...

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   Posted 7/1/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your replies.  My DH went to the store and returned with Terro ant killer.  The interesting thing is that I googled about killing ants and someone said to use borax and something sweet to attract them.  Another one said that the Terro is nothing more than borax and sweetener!  When I looked on the pkg, sure enough the active ingredient was borax!  So we have several of the little ant containers sitting around and its been several hours and I've only seen a couple of ants.  Alright!
I have calmed down.  Its not that I'm freaked by ants but by unexpected situations that call for immediate action.  It just seems to tense me up.

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   Posted 7/3/2010 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I spread cinnamon all over my kitchen counters and window ledges in the summer. It doesn't look pretty, but it keeps the ants out of my kitchen. That's the only place I have a problem with them.

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   Posted 7/3/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
We had this problem several years ago when my daughter was a toddler. She had a little table in her room and had left a piece of cracker under it that I missed. Ugghh! I don't even remember how we got rid of them, but I do remember it being a bit difficult.

I know what you mean about dealing with the unexpected annoyances. We try so hard to relax and be calm to help manage the fibro, but it seems like there is always some crisis (minor or major) to have to deal with. rolleyes

I had a crisis (of the medium variety) yesterday and am finally trying to peel my shoulders off of my ears, but I'm definitely paying the pain price today.

I hope you stay bug free!!!

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