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tctns
Aug 30, 2008, 10:06 AM
Hi. This is quite embarrassing but on a few occasions, I have found ants crawling about in my used underwear. I recently had my blood sugar checked (after fasting for 8 hrs) and the results came back normal. I was wondering what could have caused those ants to come? Could it be the virginal discharge that is sweet? And if yes, why is my test for diabetes negative? Help. I am getting worried. Thank you.

J_9
Aug 30, 2008, 10:07 AM
Ummm, are you letting your underpants laying on the floor of your room? Sounds more like and ant problem/cleanliness problem rather than a medical condition.

tctns
Aug 30, 2008, 10:16 AM
Hi thanks for answering. But no. left it in the laundrey basket. And the funny thing is, on one occations, I had washed it for a few seconds before putting it in the basket together with the other clothings. Is it the discharge that is attracting the ants?

J_9
Aug 30, 2008, 10:21 AM
It's hard to say. But I would invest in some pest control. I have a huge family and many times we go a full week without doing laundry and we don't have ant problems.

Again, I believe this is more of a pest control issue than a health issue.

Alty
Aug 30, 2008, 04:02 PM
Okay, going to ask a very silly question. Are you sure they're ants?

Choux
Aug 30, 2008, 05:59 PM
This is a housecleaning problem. You are going to have to clean everything, starting in the laundry room with soap and then, a clorox and water wash. Get rid of all the clutter in your home, that draws problems.

In addition, put dirty laundry into a large plastic bag as it accumulates and twist the top of the bag closed.

Alty
Aug 30, 2008, 06:15 PM
Good idea Choux.

I'd also recommend getting some ant traps or hiring an exterminator.

ablecable
Aug 31, 2008, 11:00 AM
Hi. This is quite embarrasing but on a few occasions, I have found ants crawling about in my used underwear. I recently had my blood sugar checked (after fasting for 8 hrs) and the results came back normal. I was wondering what could have caused those ants to come? Could it be the virginal discharge that is sweet? And if yes, why is my test for diabetes negative? Help. I am getting worried. Thank you.
I am a licensed pest control operator that has been working in the industry for twelve years; I hold licenses in two states and sixteen categories (I recently dropped a third state license due to the cost of fuel - too far to drive to profit). I have a bachelor's degree and am currently working on my master's. I have given recertification classes for licensees in both states in which I operate, and I am currently building an online recertification and training site.

I have observed ants (usually pavement ants, Tetramorium caespitum) in dirty laundry on countless occasions. This is nothing to lose sleep over. They are very probably after the moisture, and perhaps the salts, contained in dirty laundry. I am unaware of any studies on ants in dirty laundry, however, so this is only speculation. ;-)

So not worth worrying about. Ants are the most common nuisance call for exterminators in many areas, but they are just that, a nuisance. I would never spend the money that many of my clients do on this "problem." Very few species are vectors of disease (please bring an ant to your local extension agency if you have this concern so it can be properly identified). I would worry more about your stock portfolio if I were you!