Here lately we have had the opposite of a power surge. The power takes
a dramatic downward dive. We sleep without air conditioning and use a
small "Patton" fan mainly to create some noise to drown out the trains
and highway traffic. For the last three or four days the fan would
drag down to almost a complete stop. One of us would wake up
immediately and jump up and turn it off.
Last night I decided to do some detective work. So, when it happened,
I just left it along and went through the house turning on lights and
things. Several lights, I'm assuming they are on the same circuit,
were very dim. (we use those curly cue florescent bulbs). Nothing I
did changed the fan speed. This morning I turned the fan on and it ran
fine. I'm wondering if a breaker could overheat and drag the power
down. Also, we have a terrific infestion of fire ants and those damn
crazy rosemary ants (I think that's the name---it's a new discovery
here in south Texas and they are taking over everything so fast it's
unbelievable) But, I've dealt with the ant problem before and this
just doesn't act the same.
I'll be calling the local electrician but before I sprang for that 100
bucks up front, I thought I'd check and see if anyone else has had
this problem and might have an idea what's going on.
re: Might help to know where in the world you are.
Might help if you read the post more carefully.
"...it's a new discovery here in south Texas"
The state tourism board used to run ads on TV saying "Texas, a whole
nother country", but gosh, I didn't know we were that far away. <G>
Don't be too hard on yourself, TDD! I skipped that line entirely myself.
Grammer class 101 tells you not to mix subjects in the same paragraph. I
was reading about turning on and off things to diagnose an electric problem
and then in the same paragraph suddenly I was hearing about ants. Was the
issue ants in the breaker box? Or the fan? Lost me and I gave up!
When a breaker overheats, it trips. If it doesn't trip, the power
stays on at full strength until the house burns down.
Don't assume the lights are all on the same circuit. Verify. Turn all
the same "problem" lights on then go downstairs and flip breakers off,
then back on. If they all go out at once, THEN they're on the same
If your house is relatively modern, it's not likely that you will have
fixtures all over the house on the same circuit. As a general rule,
houses are wired room-by-room. Each room has one or two circuits
depending on the number of fixtures and plugs in the room.
You might have a loose wire at the breaker or in one of the boxes in
the circuit. You might have a problem outside the house.
Amdro is very, very effective for fire ants here in FL......we don't
broadcast over entire lawn; only sprinkle along walks, pavers and patios
where they concentrate. Haven't really seen hills anywhere else.
Should use when rain is not forecast, and they take the bait to the nest
very quickly. I used it last two days ago where fire ants were livin'
in flower pots on my patio. No sign of them today.
I'm a city kid, so forgive my ignorance of ranch life ..... can newborn
calves be confined in a relatively small area? I would assume that
would be ideal.
When my hubby was building manager for our condo, we did lots of pest
fighting -- actually quite
interesting (we're retired). We had lots of lawn work and sprinkler
repairs to do, so being
swarmed by fire ants was definitely negative.......when I was new to
Florida, I did some
nature photography and it seemed the ideal shot was always from atop a
fire ant mound :o)
Our grounds are roughly 1/2 acre, and treating only the mounds (they
always form along
concrete walks, pavers, patios) seemed to eliminate them entirely.
Working in the yard
so much as we did, we were aware if they were present. One treatment
lasted about a
year. We are on the water, so made sure we minimized use of
insecticides and used
them properly. If the nests aren't disturbed when you sprinkle Amdro
around, you can
see fire ants taking the bait within a minute or two.
Fire ants and carpenter ants seem to take turns in prevalence - got
palms with termite
tunnels and they likely go after the termites. As for the baby calves,
I have read
about nursing home patients being swarmed - IRRC, the home was a real dirty
dump. I knelt down on the grass once, forgetting about fire ants, and
some border plants..........nasty ants flock onto you before the first
one bites. I
moved very quickly, but got over 100 bites :o)
Treating a mound means that, when applied properly and they aren't
disturbed, they take the bait to the nest and the mound dies. That is
the label claim and the apparent result we have seen in our yard. As
for 450 acres, no, I don't know the cost. A one-pound canister costs
around $15, I suppose.......have had it for a long time and don't recall
the cost. I know when we treated our entire property, again, not by
broadcasting, we didn't use an entire cannister. I suppose the cost
becomes attractive if livestock losses approach the cost of the
product. I don't have any livestock to worry about; just a hubby, kids,
grandkids and guests :o) Since you question it, I did a search on
"amdro livestock texas" and got some interesting hits, including one
that bears out my estimate that our property was relatively free (we
could dig and work in yard without being attacked) for about a year. As
I mentioned before, seems if young calves are most susceptible to being
killed by fire ants, then having a concentrated area of more protection
for them seems logical. Before my husband and I discovered Amdro,
others in our condo had dumped bags and bags of other "fire ant killers"
on the lawn with no noticeable effect.
Eventually the ants will just stop eating the Amdro. They didn't live
a 100 million years being dumb enough to fall for that very long.
I don't think I have an ant around here that will eat Amdro, Terro or
any other "sweet" bait.
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