|Dead ants and pupae, the black mass on |
the paper includes more smashed ants
|A small sampling of the ants freed|
from our phones outside
After about an hour of shaking our handsets we got to the point where no more ants were coming out. I asked my office mate if he wanted to check his phone. He shook it and I could hear things rattling in there, but he simply responded, "No ants." And then he went home for the day.
I grabbed his phone and shook it after he left. Large bits of debris fell out. I shook it again and about fifteen ants came pouring out. I quit shaking it and put it back down, thinking that my curiosity had been satisfied and I didn't want to clean up any more ants.
After that I hooked up the vacuum cleaner to my handset and sucked out five more and a couple pupae. Then I cleaned my desk with some harsh chemicals to clear out any seeking pheromones they might've left around. Then I shook it again and got nothing. Feeling satisfied I plugged it back in and taped over the hole.
Five minutes later I had an ant crawling across my desk. It was a crazy day at work, with a very unproductive afternoon, unless you count killing a hundred ants as productive. I hope tomorrow is less eventful, and with fewer ants...