February 26, 2014

Ant detector

A few days ago my smoke detector went off in the morning, and kept doing so off and on for maybe half an hour, then stopped.

This morning it woke me at about 6:30 and it's been intermittently going off ever since. I suppose I should mention that there wasn't any smoke or anything like that, either time. (No, I don't smoke cigarettes or anything else.)

I got fed up with the damned thing and called the office, and the handyman came and replaced it about noon.

When he took the old one off, it was crawling with ants. I guess some of them got inside it and interfered with the detector gap.

I hope the new one isn't vulnerable to ants that way.

UPDATE: I haven't seen any ants in my apartment, which is why this was such a surprise.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 01:13 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Is that one of the smoke detectors that has a small radiation source inside?  If so, you may need to watch for Them!

Posted by: Siergen at February 26, 2014 01:34 PM (c2+vA)

2 Oh, dear! I think I'm going to hide under my bed now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 26, 2014 02:10 PM (+rSRq)


If we hear stories about the 7th Infantry Division dispatching the 2d Infantry Division brigades under its' command across state lines, we will know why.


Posted by: cxt217 at February 26, 2014 04:09 PM (OdrvA)

4 You're a little far north for crazy ants.

Posted by: RickC at February 26, 2014 05:23 PM (swpgw)


We don't get fire ants, either. And I've never seen a cockroach here. Combination of "Too far North" and "Too wet".

Plus, the Willamette Valley is one of the few places on Earth which has no poisonous animals. (Rattlesnakes don't live here, either.)

On the other hand, what we do get a lot of is slugs. All over the place. And yellowjackets. I really hate yellowjackets.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 26, 2014 05:31 PM (+rSRq)

6 I read the "people who've seen both prefer fire ants" comment on wikipedia with a certain amount of horror.

Posted by: RickC at February 26, 2014 06:27 PM (swpgw)

7 I've seen videos on YouTube of the really cool things you can do with a fire ant hill and a crucible of molten aluminum.

Posted by: Mauser at February 27, 2014 02:52 AM (TJ7ih)

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