Okay, this title isn’t fair to my non-Telugu reader(s). It can be roughly translated as, “Once upon a time, there were ants and mosquitoes.” It’s a Telugu song that Aari has picked up from somewhere, and I find myself living it everyday!
Okay, so the mosquitoes aren’t nearly as bad as they could get. Using AllOut at night generally suffices. But constantly having to worry about closing doors quickly and getting the children indoors as soon as it’s dark is a little annoying. Aari is somewhat used to mosquito bites now. But I worry for Allika. The bite usually flares up and becomes a big, nasty red bump that stays for days. Well, at least there are no malaria reports in the area.
The ants are a whole different story. What is it with these ants in my apartment? They’re constantly going somewhere in long lines on the floors and the walls, sometimes not even to a food source. I often find myself following them to figure out what’s going on only to find myself staring at a tiny hole in the wall in the pantry or the balcony. And there are days when they get into everything. Even yogurt that is setting on my counter-top! In an attempt to stop them from getting into the yogurt, I started putting the bowl in a plate of water. But they swim- desperately clinging on to their lives and they make it, and then they eat my yogurt, and subsequently die in it!
With two little kids at home, I don’t want to be spraying random chemicals all over. So my day is largely spent cleaning, wiping, sealing, and moving things around. Then, of course, there are other random bugs- spiders, tiny roaches and unknown creepy crawlies, which I promptly swat and throw away. Thankfully, I’ve not sighted a lizard thus far!
Sometimes, I’ve had it till here (*gestures towards the neck) with these critters. And other times, I sing…anaganaganaga cheemalu, domalu…