Ants have eaten my house

Well, this is what you get when you don’t take care of business.

Ant farm in the beam

Just a quick cleaning of that bad spot on the wall, I said to myself.

The drywall gave way in a little spot and thousands of ants were very surprised.

A couple of garbage bags and lots of shop-vac work with the old bag-less canister vacuum cleaner (I’m often glad I saved it.) and viola:

Time to go to work

The kicker is that there’s a certain satisfaction in watching the little bugs desperately running around like Bond villain minions at the end of the movie. You can forget you’re destroying your own house and revel in just blowing things up. Yesss.

RainFilter gutter thingee

Picked up yet another gutter fixer thingee to try at Costco.

This one is called RainFilter.

RainFilter Package end

Installation was quick and easy. Just stash the foam strips in the gutter. Finshing off the odd-length end was easy, too, as the foam rips easily and accurately.

It hasn’t rained yet.

I am not hopeful for this gutter “solution”, though.

After I put the foam in the lower, garage roof, I swept the main, upper roof, sending lots of pine needles, etc. down to the garage roof. After resweeping the lower roof, here is what it looks like:

RainFilter gutter foam installed with pine needles.

Which shows that, after some rain and wind, one can expect that there will be a pretty nice layer of needles and leaves stuck on top of the foam. The foam is not slick, that’s for sure.

Anyway, we’ll see.