Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Oahu, HI
Bikes: 89 Paramount OS 84 Fuji Touring Series III New! 2013 Focus Izalco Ergoride
Here, if it doesn't rain for a while, first time we get rain we get these little gnat-like bugs, esp. in the late afternoon when it's cooling down and good to ride. They come in clouds. They aren't very hardy -- they stick on sweat on my arms and legs and neck and seem to immediately die there. Once I was coming down a hill and it was so bad, I had to get like a swimmer doing the crawl and keep my head down/not breathing until I turned my head over my shoulder and took a quick gasp of air.
As far as ants in the house, we have a horrible problem here with carpenter ants. Once they establish themselves in the house it's game over. I've tried very bait, and they will just walk over it to get to what they want. The only solution is to keep them out. I use some stuff that I think is mostly borax (aerosol spray) but somehow keeps repelling the ants for 3-4 weeks (stuff like Raid will kill on contact but the next day they are back). Since we last had our house tented for termites I decided to be super-aggressive. Our house is slab on grade so I walk around the foundation every couple days looking for ant trails. That has stopped them so far, but they also like to climb between the gutter downspouts and wall where you don't see them until the downspout angles out towards the roof. They are expert at finding routes where it is hard to see them (inside is the worst).