Signs of Spring

@savypat (20246)
United States
March 3, 2010 1:03pm CST
It's here, I know it is. It snowed this morning at dawn, just a dusting, but the hills around got a good cover. But the big thing is not the flowering trees or daffidils, it's the large ant migrating which happens twice a year, once in the Spring and then again in the Autumn. Why these little beasties have to go through my house twice each year I don't know. Could be we built the house in the middle of the route they have used for hundreds of years. Don't laugh, I bet they were here at that time. Enjoy and breath deeply.
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17 responses
• United States
4 Mar 10
I am so happy to see no more snow!!! And this cold cold weather I hate cold weather!I live in Texas and the weather here is and has been crazy and finally we get the sun today and 65 degrees!!!! Yea111
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hubby is from Texas and has family still there so we watch the weather. it has be interesting seeing al the rain there while we were unusually dry. I vote for a national water system. Enjoy your Sun.
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• United States
6 Mar 10
Thanks for the response! Yea some one from Texas! So I guess you know all about the weather here it is so crazy!!
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
The ants don't bother us here until summer. Lots of daffodils and trees in bloom though. Maybe you can send the ants to Mexico?
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
3 Mar 10
It's my guess Mexico has all the insects it needs. I know they have fire ants.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
IN that case, send them to the chocolate covered ant factory!
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
5 Mar 10
Good to hear about Spring. Here in our place, Summer should be April yet, but over a month now, or maybe for two months, we have no rain. So the weatherman told, Summer could be early. But then, it's El Niño here that makes plants, animals and fishes suffer drought and there are killings to some of them. Electric power corporation also said that this is one reason for power shortage in the country. Waters in dams which is the source hydro-power plants are getting little. Your expecting Spring and Summer when it's winter, now we need rain.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 Mar 10
El Nino has caused lack of rain here also. Even our snow level is low. It's going to be a very long hot Summer here. Our year round creek has not run since October. All this is a worry.
@sunnycool (12737)
• India
4 Mar 10
hi savypat,may be you constructed your house on their property they're being so nice to you coz they never tried to explore your ears or nose ---if they seem to be annoying for you---building a huge wall besides your house might help---atleast they would change their route coz it takes more time to climb the wall .great day.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Not had much experience with ants, have you. Ants go where they want, when they want, they dig under, go over, circumvent and pretty much obtain their goal regardless of what man does.
• India
4 Mar 10
The frequent call of cuckoo is treated here in India as the most significant sign of spring.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
We don't have cuckoo birds where I live, but many birds return each Spring and I note them on the calendar. Thanks
4 Mar 10
No sign of spring here yet but it was expected to be late after we had such a bad winter. We don't really get ants until summer. We think of signs of spring as when we start to see spring flowers.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Around here the first Spring flowers are yellow and white, they make such a wonderful contrast with the brilliant greens of new grass.
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
4 Mar 10
Yes looks like you have entered into some one else's domain and you are being punished for that. Hope these intruders do not stay around for too long! It they just come for a short visit twice a year I think you could tolerate them. Or else like you say enjoy and breath deeply!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I wish I could ignore them, but once in the house they are not polite guests. They eat everything and it's no fun cooking in their areas, I swear they hear or feel the vibration when I place a pan or bowl on the counter. Sorry the welcome mat is not out for these creatures inside. As long as they stay out they can continue their trips.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
4 Mar 10
We are heading into autumn here and I am a little bit thankful that the ants are disappearing! Each summer I have them all over my house, into the cats’ food, in the bathroom and laundry; one year I had them inside the pantry which was heartbreaking but I managed to get away with that this summer. They are horrible little creatures and so hard to get rid of! We tried boiling water in the nest which sounds terribly cruel but they were taking over the house...It was either them or us... Enjoy spring!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I bow to modern methods and use poison, the ants that stay outside are safe from me. I know they do great things for the land. And there are plenty of natural controls to keepthem off of the plants.
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• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi, Pat! I hope you're not offended that I find that fascinating. I like thinking of them making this trek twice a year, and watching their march!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
What do you mean offended, I enjoy these creatures also as long as they are not in my house. You should know by now I don't offend easily. Thanks
@jakill (835)
3 Mar 10
Our bulbs are slow this year. We put them in pots as we didn't have a patch of the new garden ready for them. But they are starting to shoot and I keep seeing their promise all around this area which is new to us at this time of year. Sorry about your ants. That's a strange story. But I guess you are used to it by now and just let them go on their way.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
If they stayed out of the house I would leave them alone and just enjoy their travels, but once in the house they are in to everything so I do kill them.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hello my friend We use to get ants alot, so much so one went in my ear so I drowned the little sucker lol I knew right way what it was they use to be all over the place so I assume one was on my finger when for whatever reason I touched my ear and in he/she went, just the thought not a good feeling at all. Thanks.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Mar 10
That is really scary for me, I hate anything in my ears. Thanks
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
3 Mar 10
we have been pretty lucky here where i live because the weather hasnt been too bad all winter and we really havent had all that much snow either, but i do have to say that i really love spring and am really looking forward to it!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Isn't it wonderful that we have seasons, just when we are really tired of one season it changes into something beautiful. Thanks
• Greece
3 Mar 10
I live in Greece... Spring is all around here too... you can smell when you walk around.. you see it on trees...Spring on airrr!!!!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Greece is one place I would love to visit, the history there is wonderful and it looks like a beautiful place to be. Thanks
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Today I awoke to sunshine!! It will reach 37 today and the snow will melt some more. This weekend I may even get to move my car from the street and into my garage!! My begonia and impatiens that I am saving for spring are flowering, hooray! I can hardly wait to plant them outside! I'm SO ready for Spring!! I usually enjoy winter but this one was the second most snowy in my state. No ants yet but the birds aren't at the feeder as much.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hey pat! I am ! You must be right~ You just might be living on "their" turf! I think that I'm seeing slight signs of Spring too! Or at least I think I am! I have see alot of birds flying by lately and am hearing they singing too! Or maybe it's just that I so want it to be Spring to be here already!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Our birds have started nest building, we had a bald eagle nest within a couple of miles of the ranch, but it did not survive the winter wind storm. I'll be watching to see if they rebuild it. I'd just as soon they moved further out, I worry about my barn cats with those birds so close. But they are wonderful to watch.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
6 Mar 10
It's getting in to the 70s during the day (southern NM); I guess you could say spring is here, but it's still too cold for me (and apparently the ants...they're not here yet). I'm waiting for the 80s, then spring is here.
• Canada
5 Mar 10
Momma bear - Momma bear and her 2 daughters woke up too early this year.
Canada here, spring is in the air and its way too early!! I dont usually think about my darling exterminator until mid April but Ive been thinking about him for the past 2 wks now. They say you can draw a line in chalk and the ants wont cross it. I dont know if its true, never tried it myself, Id rather have the man of my life "exterminator" spray inside and out so I dont have to go nuts thinking about those awful, terrible, yukky critters. That said, our bears came out of hibernation this week....so spring is definitely here!! Now I know God has a wicked sense of humor and he'll dump so much snow come April or even May that we'll all be caught by surprise.....its happened before a very long time ago, snow in May!! Hope you can blast the devil out of your ants who decided to visit your home.