Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Invasion!

There is really only one thing on my mind right now. We have been invaded. It's like living in the midst of Hitchcock's The Birds, except it is Asian beetles. They are covering my house, my barn, and even me when I venture outside! This is an insect plague of Biblical proportions, seriously. You see the picture there? They are covering the entire house like that! I tried to take a big picture, but you can't see the bugs when I get too far away.

These bugs have no sense of personal space, and I don't mean that they invade the two or three feet of space around my person. No, I mean that they land on my nose, in my eye, and even fly into my mouth if I should foolishly open it for any reason. They look like orange lady bugs, but it becomes obvious fairly quickly that they are not the sweet little bugs that we knew as children, the ones that had poems and books written in their honor. These suckers bite -- hard! And they stink! And they leave their foul odor wherever they land with their stinky little feet.

They are completely covering the outside of the house, so whenever someone opens a door, they enter. As you approach the house, they swarm around you like bees on honeysuckle, and at least half a dozen, perhaps even a dozen, will land on you to hitchhike into the house. If only I'd known that they are attracted to white houses, I'd have chosen a darker siding! The USDA Fact Sheet tries to emphasize that they eat aphids, but seriously, this is overkill. I can't imagine that we have this many aphids in the area to keep them all fed.

So, while other people may have been enjoying the beautiful weather yesterday, I was flicking, flinging, and slinging these beetles as I attempted to get tulip and daffodil bulbs planted. And I still don't have my garlic in the ground. So, now I am hoping for a really hard freeze. Until then, we'll be living with these annoying pests flying in our faces, our hair, and our house.

8 comments:

SkippyMom said...

For once [if you know me] I pray the cold weather arrives soon and you get relief.

Good luck. Yuck.

Tammy said...

Sounds kinda like the Little House books when the grasshoppers swarmed! :-0 There are usually some around here, but so far nothing to that extent.
Tammy

Deborah said...

Oh, yeah! I'd forgotten about that. We read all the Little House books when we lived in the burbs.

MaskedMan said...

Bleah!
I like the little beetles... At a distance! I've seen swarms, but only at localized hatching spots, where they're so concentrated you could scooop them up with a bucket; Nothing near so annoying as what you're seeing...

Mom L said...

Reminds me of the video my daughter took last year here in Iowa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7aYN1cZZvs&feature=channel

Abiga/Karen said...

We have these creatures here too and we thought we had a lot. But you seem to have so much more. They are all over inside also. My grandbaby loves grabbing them off the screens and has stinky little hands. Blessings.

sbinzel said...

If you happen to squish them inside the house, and get that terrible odor, here is what you do: put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray. We had some a few years ago and ended up spraying all our carpeting and fireplace mantle. The vinegar odor only lasts for a minute and it does a great job of getting rid of the odor. hth!

Deborah said...

Thanks for that tip, sbinzel! Every time we close the front door, we squish several. We hear them crunch like potato chips. Eeew!

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