Friday, 16 May 2008

Is vacuuming them the same as killing them?

Animals tend to like me. I don’t know why, but it’s true. Even when I was a small child, my stuffed animals and teddybears were never far away. My dog sleeps in my bed, my cats join me under the covers. I get a lot of mosquito bites.

Even French animals like me! I know this as a fact because all of them have come to live with me in my trailer. There are bees buzzing in the horse chestnut tree above me, there are large spiders in the crevices of my cabinets, and I have two separate colonies of ants that parade through.

The first collection of ants was of a small breed. They made a trail on my ceiling, from one of my sunroofs to an un-working ceiling light. Based on this evidence, I concluded that these little ants were living somewhere above me. Using my door handle as a ladder, I climbed up onto the roof of the trailer and found thousands of these little guys living in a 2-inch thick pile of dirt. How dirt made its way onto the top of my trailer, I have no idea.

I don’t kill things, because I am a Buddhist, but I did want to make sure that I destroyed their home good & quick. So I got a broom and swept the roof clean. That’s when I realized that there were holes in the roof that had been previously covered by dirt. If it were to rain now, I would have puddles inside. So I took the trashbags I had previously been using as a carpet inside and used them on the roof to cover the holes.

I also took a vacuum cleaner and sucked up the few hundred ants that were remaining inside. I made up for the fact that this might have killed some of them by chanting a Buddhist mantra.