What do ants and ink cartridges have in common? One would think nothing, right? Not in our office. Read on to discover the excitement of the day.
At 12:15 I received a call at home from my co-worker Susie-Q. (Today is my usual day off.)
Hey, how’s it going today? Busy? Silence on the other end of the phone. Then a strained voice says…
Philippa?……There are ants in the printer.
What? I’m sure I misheard her. Ants? IN the printer? On occasion I’d see one traipsing up the wall or across the floor and with nary a thought, whack ‘em dead. Fini, right? Apparently not!
Philippa, there ARE ants in the printer.
Uh? Really? Are you sure?
Yes Philippa, I am positive!!! I was printing some documents and the ants were coming out with the paper! I turned the printer upside down and they are ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!
Okay! Okay! This is totally gross Heavy sigh. Get out the vacuum, open the printer up and vacuum the thing out!!
Uh. Oh. Okay.
Do you want me to come to the office and help you do it? We’re both a little squeamish about bugs so company in these things helps!
No, no. That’s okay. It’s a good idea. I’ll do it and I have to go to the office-products-in-a-box store. Why don’t I get those canisters of air and use that too?
Great idea! But take printer outside and spray that sucker clean and leave it out there! In the meantime, I’ll run to the store and get some ant traps. Tomorrow when I come in I’ll do a thorough office cleaning and put out the ant traps.
Oh good! That sounds like a plan Philippa! Ugh! I feel like I need to take a shower! Talk to you later!
About two hours later, the phone rings again.
Philippa? It’s me again. Ya wanna hear the rest of the story?
Lord have mercy…Okay. What happened?
I opened the printer cover and they were ALL OVER the blue ink cartridge! All over it! I took the cartridge out and threw it away. Talk about disgusting. When I leave today, do you think I should put the printer in a trash bag?
Oh that’s an excellent idea! Suffocate them! Then we’ll see if they’re gone for good.
This has to be the strangest thing I’ve ever heard of! Ants attracted to an ink cartridge? Has anyone ever heard of this? Hopefully a thorough dusting, vacuuming and wiping down will get rid of them all together. The last thing I want to do is print out a letter with a squashed ant crossing a ‘t’.