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    Default Carpenter Ant Death March

    Since I'm not exactly swamped doing inspections I headed for the coast this weekend. A rare May heat wave hit the area and the usually cool coast was almost 100 degrees.

    As my wife and I were walking on the beach I noticed something pretty strange.... Carpenter Ants by the 1000's marching towards the ocean and eventually being swallowed up and drowning. The beach was absolutely littered with them and more were coming as fast as they could.

    I've lived in Oregon my entire life and have probably been on the beach several hundred times of more and have never seen such a thing.

    I'm thinking it had something to do with the sudden heat. Either that or they're sick of the political campaigning

    I think with the heat they just went a bit haywire and were heading for cooler places not realizing what they were doing.

    It looked pretty strange for sure....

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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant Death March

    One word ...

    Lemmings.

    Or maybe the Pied Piper of Ants?

    Hate to waste a good beach like that, but at least it served a purpose.

    Weird!

    For some reason I just had a vision of that being a Benny Hill show, what with some of his weird stuff.

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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant Death March

    Any pics?


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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant Death March

    Sorry, no pics... Typical to Oregon weather the temp is supposed to be about 30 degrees cooler tomorrow so I imagine the activity will be gone. I'll bring my camera just in case.

    fwiw... the bug activity around here has been totally crazy during the last week. I saw big fat black carpenter ants as several houses. We had a very cool spring and all of the sudden it got really hot.

    It's about 80 miles from my house to the coast and I had to stop and clean my windshield twice along the way. It sounded like it was raining as I was driving down last night just before dusk. The front of my 5th wheel looks like it was paintball target practice.


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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant Death March

    Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock is in town? Nah, he be dead, I think?

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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant Death March

    I had a dream last night and thousands of brokers were walking off a cliff into the ocean. I woke up smiling and had a great day.


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    They know that the "Big One" is on the way! They are ending it in the water instead of under a boulder!

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    They know A Giant Tsunami will hit the West Coast of America. Head inland Matt!


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    Matt
    Are you sure those ants wheren't carrying mini surf boards?
    They would be doing that if they where California ants.

    Jerry McCarthy
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    I like Waynes dream, if that counts.


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    Livermore, Calif


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