We have a mystery on our hands.
-96 hours earlier-
I had just finished mopping up all of the dead ant bodies and wiping them from my counter, when I decided I better put out a little more of the borax ant poison. I hadn’t seen a living ant for days, but thought it smart to leave some borax out in case other ants tried to move in. I put a small pile of the powder in the corner of my counter, and a small pile in the corner of my floor.
-24 hours later-
Before I made my rice, tofu, and veggie stir fry, I needed to wash the dishes in my sink. As I was placing my dishes on the drying rack, I noticed how clean my counter was. “Hmm,” I thought to myself, “I thought I had put some borax on the counter yesterday.” I looked to the floor, and it, too, was spotless. “I must have decided not to put the poison out. Oh well, I will put some out now.” So I put a small pile in the corner on my counter, and a small pile in the corner on my floor.
-12 hours later (the next morning)-
As I went to grab my pan that I use for my oatmeal, I noticed the neat pile of ant killer I had put out the night before was now half gone. Only a third of the floor poison remained.
-10 hours later-
I arrived home from school and went into my kitchen for a snack. I chose a multi-probiotic yogurt drink. It’s in a tube like a Gogurt, which is kinda fun. It was apple flavored. I decided I didn’t really enjoy that flav–AH, all of the poison was gone! “Ok,” I thought to myself, “something is clearly eating this. But what could it be?” I decided to put 2 new piles of the death powder out, in hopes that I would be able to catch the culprit in action, and that the culprit would die.
-14 hours later (this morning)-
My 2 neat piles are half gone! This is getting out of hand very quickly. How is something consuming the borax so quickly?! It would have taken the ants 2 days to go through that much. And by then they would be dead.
-10 hours later (now)-
I am at the mall right now, so I am not sure how much powder is left. If I had to guess, I would say that my counter and floor are probably spotless. The only creature I can think of able to consume that much is my gecko, Albus Dumbledore, and his new fling that moved in this last weekend when my windows were open all day. Let’s call her Molly Weasley.
The reason they would be able to go through that much death powder and still live, is because it’s only poisonous to ants and cockroaches. In fact, the warning on the bottle says, “WARNING: If consumed, drink a glass of milk or contact a physician.” Can you picture it? Albus and Molly sitting with a glass of milk eating spoonfuls of borax while listening to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” on repeat.
I’m not 100% sure my hypothesis is correct, but it’s the only thing I can think of. If you have any information about these events, or have suspects to report, please let me know.
Lastly, you may have noticed my hours countdown did not equal 96 hours. I accidentally added an extra day in there, so this series of events actually has been happening for 72 hours, not 96. Woops.