Beware of spray cans
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From

1985

There was panic in the voice on the phone. “Dad,” she said, “the bathtub is full of flying ants.” It sounded like a good tie to use a little panic to me. “What shall I do?” she asked.

“Hang up the phone and stay out of the bathroom,” I replied.

My Daughter, model citizen that she is, nonetheless has a weakness for spray cans. She also hates things that crawl. When those two characteristics start operating together, life can be hazardous. In one of her earlier scrapes with pubs, she sprayed down a tomato plant with Raid. Surer enough, it killed the fly she was after; and a couple days later it also killed the plant.

“Please don’t spray in the greenhouse,” I instructed.

A year or so later she discovered some ants sneaking into the house around the windowsill. She explained at some length later that she had “almost” read the label on the Armor All bottle, but had decided speed was of the essence. We now have an Armor All protected windowsill. It was also established that, in large enough doses, Armor All does kill ants.

Having all this knowledge, I decided it might be best to investigate the situation myself.

To my dismay, I found that she had not exaggerated the story. A layer of flying ants coated almost the entire surface of the tub. I found they were coming in through a hole in the wall that I had left after repairing a leaky faucet. I plugged the hole and left for a meeting.

A couple house later when I returned, I could smell the heavy odor of Raid. It seems the Mother of the household isn’t too crazy about flying ants eight.

Preliminary results indicated that Raid may be even more effective than Armor All. No more ants were crawling in through the hole. The Raid can was still there hand though, just in case.

The Raid can was still there the next morning in the sleepy, hurry-up, get-your-hair-fixed time just before school, right there next to the hair spray.

At last report my Daughter has not had trouble with flying insects. At least not since Friday morning.