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January 13, 2004

Ants vs. Fleas

Keith and I were having a hot debate. Maybe you folks out there could help us settle it.

What's scarier: ants or fleas?

Without telling you who believes what, let's just say that Keith and I believe the opposite about the fear-inducing qualities that these critters possess.

Fear of Ants: you could just be standing there and then suddenly, your whole foot could be covered in ants. They know how to mobilize and act as a team. They could all get together and carry you off. Amazingly well-organized and good at communicating.

Fear of Fleas: they can suddenly be in one place and then hop away into some unseen place, only to bite and suck and show up somewhere else on another hop. They can live, unchecked, feasting on their hosts and never be caught. Independent and sluethy.

So... weigh in, will ya? I know I'm right about which is the most terror-inducing. Back me up, okay?

Posted by bonnie at January 13, 2004 08:07 PM


Ants, definitely. Fleas may itch, but ants can kill. Once, while renovating a house, I found myself literally covered in fleas. My legs were black with them. No big whup. If they'd been ants, I may have gone into anaphylactic shock.

Now, if there were insects that could move like fleas but were organized like ants... flants... that'd be scary.

Posted by: BrYan at January 14, 2004 08:12 AM

Ants can be deterred with cinnamon, baby powder and other non-toxic substances. Fleas are much harder to control and evict! Plus their bites itch like crazy! Ants only look scarier because they parade around in large groups. Fleas are more covert, but you know when they've been there.I choose neither as friends but hate the flea most.

Posted by: cindy k at January 14, 2004 11:12 AM

Yay! Comments! Votes!!

And dang it, still a split decision. Ugh!


Thanks BrYan and Cindy, for stating your opinions on the matter. I can't reveal which side of the argument I'm on/Keith's on until we have a clear winner here (ME).

Tee hee.

Posted by: Bon at January 14, 2004 03:46 PM

I don't see at all how fleas are scary. I guess I have just always been around them. Ants aren't scary either, come to think of it. But I will vote for ants being scarier.

I now have slugs of all things crawling into my house from the backyard. That is just icky.

Posted by: chip at January 14, 2004 07:14 PM

Can I change my vote to slugs?

Posted by: BrYan at January 15, 2004 01:27 AM

I think I would change my vote to slugs too. Ugh.

Thanks, everyone!

Posted by: Bon at January 15, 2004 06:27 AM

If you think that flea bites are itchy, you have never stepped on a fire ant mound. Fire ant bites are way itchier than flea bites. Being from Georgia, I have some stories.

It's still hard to weight in though. Fleas gross me out; However, with the products out today, they are avoidable. Ants have a will of their own. I think I'll go with the Ants, but only the aggressive sort. Sugar ants, etc. don't bother me.

Posted by: Tina at January 15, 2004 09:07 AM

Ants. No question. Flea bites can be tended to with Benadryl cream. Fire ant bites can really only be cared for with Mexican Vanilla (no really! Try it sometime!). And they make you scratch and scratch and scratch until you open up sores that can be much worse in the long run than the initial fire ant bite. And then you end up all scarred, and someone asks, "Wow!! Where did you get those scars on your legs???" And all you can answer with is fire ant bites. And what a wussy, yet painful, thing to cause scars.
Plus you can have expensive exterminators come out to get rid of fire ant mounds, and still have no success whatsoever!!! Damn fire ants!!!

Posted by: Ali at January 17, 2004 05:55 AM