The Ants Ate the Caulking

There is an endless variety of bugs here. I’ve never seen so many types of ants and bees of all sizes and colors. There is a huge variety of other bugs as well, many of them very beautiful and interesting. It’s also interesting that the bugs seem much easier to live with. There are very few mosquitoes. The bees don’t seem to sting and nothing else has tried to bite us. I’ve been bitten by ants but only because I disturb them when I’m working in the yard. You can sit out in the evening and even get by without screens, something impossible anywhere I’ve lived in the US.

But, sometimes bugs do unexpected things. Yesterday I thought the ants were taking out pieces of caulking around the kitchen sink. Sure enough, as I watched them, they managed to get a half inch piece, break it into a few pieces, and carry it off through a hole left by the void in the caulking.

When I got up this morning they had removed all the caulking on half of one side of the sink. They were working on the last piece as I prepared my breakfast, and when I came in after eating there wasn’t a trace of caulking left.

Is caulking good to eat? Why were they doing this?  It’s always interesting around here, and you never know what new things you will see from one day to the next.

Apparently we need to recaulk the sink with a different product.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to The Ants Ate the Caulking

  1. lordjamil says:

    That is really strange. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this. I’ve never had that experience in the states. What do the natives do about this?


  2. Kathy says:

    Well I thought I had every kind of ant in my home from army ants to sugar ants and many species in between. But I have never had caulk eating ants! I’m curious if anyone knows what they are. Do you not have no-see-ems at your home? We don’t get mosquitoes but these little guys leave a bite that itches like crazy. I can’t go into my yard without spraying my legs with Off. They are psky.


    • I’ve heard many talk about no-see-ums, or chitres I think they are called here. I don’t think I’ve had them here, but I do get chiggers or something that acts like chiggers. My friends say you develop a tolerance for the chitres over time so the bites don’t bother you, but if you go to a different area you won’t have a tolerance for the new ones.


  3. Jerry says:

    Amazing!!! Are these the same ants that ate the bees last year?? Must be something in the caulk that they need nutritionally.


    • No, these are small to mid size, and the army ants who ate the bees are quite large. Something else you have to look forward to – learning about all the ants and critters that live with you here 😀


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