This evening I picked up our Kindle for the first time in a few weeks after having read a couple of books printed on actual paper–I’m so retro, I know. Anyway, there was an ant crawling across the screen which isn’t unusual since all of our walls are infested with ants that are immune to any kind of bait or spray that isn’t showered directly on them. I smashed the ant, but then saw another and another. Because I knew the ants were not coming from my hand, I was immediately worried.
These ants like to build their homes in small, enclosed spaces. We’ve found nests of them in desk drawers, folded clothes, small boxes, a battery charger, etc. Knowing that these ants panic when they feel/smell* human breath, I blew into a small notch in the side of the Kindle and immediately a dozen ants charged out. By the time I got the Kindle outside they were crawling out of every point of entry.
After a quick google search on how to disassemble a Kindle, a cracked that thing open and found a thousand or so of the creepy things inside scrambling to protect the larva (insert spiritual lesson on sacrificial love here.) After fifteen minutes of shaking and blowing them out into a pool of poison, I think most of them were taken care of.
After reassembling the Kindle it still worked. The only lasting effect seems to be the phantom ants crawling all over my skin and the fear of what they might invade next.
*I don’t know if it’s the heat or the stench, but they scatter whenever I breathe on them.