Terlingua Dreams

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Store Cards / Fire Ants

I have mentioned many times how silly I think it is for stores to force you to buy their store cards so you can save when filling up at the pump.  Walmart started it then everyone else followed. Being the budget conscious gal that I am...I had no choice but to cave in, and in the process save .12 cents per gallon.

Price without Stripes card

I bought my first card at HEB and there I was able to pay for it using my Discover card which is good because I never carry cash on me.  The mechanic told me to try and fill up at Chevron or Texaco since they sell better quality gas than HEB and Walmart.

Price with Stripes store card

So off I went to Stripes to purchase a store card but they only take cash or a check...grrrrrrrr!!!  Good thing my bank is close by.  At least now dad's old car is filled up.

Finally made it to Home Depot to buy more ammunition to try to contain the darn ants :-(

Ortho Fire Ant Killer is one of the best fire ant killers you can buy but it smells awful.  It had been a while since the last time I bought some but I certainly do not recall the container being HALF FULL!  If they are going to do that why don't they package it in a size appropriate container?  It makes the consumer feel like they got ripped off and it's not cheap either!!!

Three hours after I applied it and there is no movement :D

No movement here either :)

These are the pissy ant mounds, sprinkled a little
since I am going to try something else on these

Since the Spectracide Fire Ant granules are economical by comparison I am going to try them on the sugar and pissy ants mounds.  I did sprinkle some of the Ortho on some though but only because they are located where I usually set up my Kodiak Canvas tent ...I certainly do not want them going in there!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. As a former mechanical designer for the petrochemical industry, I can assure you the gas from one station or another is the same gas. The amount of dye in the gas is about the only difference. Forty years ago there was a difference in who made the gas but the air emissions laws has made all the refiners virtually equal in the USA.

    1. Pretty much what I suspected but I don't think I will share that information with my mechanic...do not want to question his knowledge :)

  2. Was just going to say the same thing MsB having deliver gas for Gulf about 10 yrs of my 42 driving gas is gas. If we emptied close to Texaco,Sunoco or Hess we just pick our next load up right there and go on our merry way. I would buy from newer stations where you know the tanks are good and pumps are temp regulated.

  3. Not sure about any way to get rid of those fire ants. I think anything you do just makes them move. I haven't noticed them much in my yard the last 2 years so maybe those knats showed up here.

    1. If it wasn't for the fact that they are eating up the pecan as well as the shade trees I would not even bother with them.

      Year after year I kill them and the following year they show right back up in the same location!

  4. Sorry about the fire ants...they are terrible! They don't like the desert!

    1. Hey Frann!

      What are you talking about? They sure as heck like the desert ! Remember Toni? One year she brought her tent and ended up setting it up on top of some fire ants.

      How have you been? Are you still in Terlingua?


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