We had our vacation plans drsmatically changed due to sugar ants...
In July 2011 we had a sugar ant problem coupled with rusty water. Through that week we asked that the ant and water problem be handled several times. We were handed ant bait and told the rusty water problem would be taken care of. The ants and rusty water were both there when we left.
During the week were were there, it was hell... We battled ants and rusty water. My wife and daughter in particular were upset. Who can blame them as we all killed ants that were crawling on the table, the counter, the furniture, and my children. We resorted to taking our food in and out of the cabin between meals via a tub so that the ants could not get into it.
Why do I have to do this when I am staying in a $2000 a week cabin?
When we left in July 2011, I told the owner that this was unacceptable and he promised to fix both issues by the time we returned in July 2012. I told him we would come back as long as the ant and water issues were taken care of. He promised both would be. I also strongly recommended that he seal the crack. He said he would do so.
Fast forward to July 2012. We arrived late in the day as we typically do. We were tired and moved quickly to unload the food from the car to the cabin. It never dawned on me to check for the sugar ants. I trusted the problem would be resolved as promised.
As I was bringing in the third or fourth load from the car, I saw my son jump up from the couch and begin vigorously brushing something off his leg as he screamed. I asked him what was wrong and he said he felt something crawling on him. Then my wife turned on all the lights and screamed, "There are ants all over the floor!"
We shot plenty of video to document the ants (as we did in 2011). The crack was still there and there ants everywhere!
I then went to the registration desk and asked to speak with the owners. They were out of town but called in to speak with me. I told the owner that we could not stay there and we were leaving. He said we (the customer paying $2000 for the week) could lay out ant traps and I told him that was unacceptable and that he knew we were extremely upset about the ants last year.
We ended up driving 90 minutes back to Fargo and stayed in a hotel because all the rooms were booked in the lake area.
The next day the owner called me and apologized and told me that he had laid traps down and we could come back. I cannot believe he actually thought we would be fine with that. That approach clearly did not work last year. I told him the only thing that he obviously had an ant infestation and the only thing that would work is a professional exterminator and we did not want to be in the cabin any time during an extermination. We agreed to speak soon after.
Upon sharing that we would not return to the cabin, his tone changed. The owner said that we would be charged because we did not give him 30 days notice. How does one give 30 days notice on a sugar ant problem that was a repeat problem from the prior year? He then proceeded to tell me and my wife (speakerphone) that he saw two ants on the floor and that the cabin was "clean and ready for your family."
When I pressed him further he then stated several times that all of the other cabins had ants and no one had an issue with it.
If you plan to stay here, and sugar ants are an issue, you may want to call ahead. The owner admits they have ants in every cabin.
We will not be back. Oh yeah. And we will be fighting any creit
- Also Known As:
- The Lodge On Otter Tail Lake Hotel Battle Lake
- The Lodge On Otter Tail Lake Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 14 Cabins on the west end of Otter Tail Lake. Known for walleye fishing and great water recreation. Full Service Marina with Pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats and jet-ski rentals. Open Year Rou ... more less