Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Ants Come Marching into Crosby Hall

A resident of Crosby Hall discusses the ant invasion at her campus dorm. / Photo By Emily Gibbs
A resident of Crosby Hall discusses the ant invasion at her campus dorm. / Photo By Emily Gibbs
By Emily Gibbs, marketing and communications major, University of Mississippi
Email Emily Gibbs at eagibbs@go.olemiss.edu

Some residents of Crosby Hall say they feel like they are camping when they shower because of all the ants. In years past the ants have been moving more towards the food in residents’ rooms. This year, the ants have been drifting more toward the bathrooms.

Caroline Willcoxon, a resident of Crosby for two years, does not like the six-legged creatures that coexist in the building.

“It makes me feel really uncomfortable and unclean to shower in a stall with ants crawling around. I get really nervous thinking that one or a few ants might crawl into my shower caddy while I am not using it.”

Alice Connolly is frustrated with the inconvenience the ants pose on her daily routine.

“I don’t know about other people but for me, I have just given up trying to get them out of my room because they never stop coming. I quit calling Fix-it after the sixth time because it was too much of a hassle and it was not working.”

Now, Connolly says she is worried where the ants may go next.

“I have my food sealed so tight its as if I am an astronaut or something. I don’t think there is anything in my room that could be appealing for the ants to find. Now, I just hope they stay away from my bed.”

Christina Sallis, a resident assistant of Crosby, says that it is mostly the top floors of the building have the biggest problems with the ants. But, she says, things have actually improved this semester.

“At the beginning of the school year, around the winter time and things like that, we had a lot more, and there would be ten to fifteen TMAs, which is what they are called, the Fix-it requests, TMAs put in a week. A lot of girls didn’t know exactly where the ants were coming from.”

Sallis says the ants are living in the walls and breeding in the walls, which is why it is so hard to get rid of them. A lot of girls living in Crosby have expressed their impatience to move out of Crosby to get away from the ants.

As of now, there is no certainty to if the University is going to use the time and money to get rid of the ants. The residents of the dormitory think the construction would be completely worth the inconvenience if it meant the ants would be gone for good.

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