All the bugs and critters are in the moving mood looking for new digs. Just like people, spring is a great time to find a new hive, nest or hidey spot. They want a place where their kids will grow up and prosper (well it ain’t here!). In addition to the mouse that came to our bed and breakfast without a reservation, we’ve been having box elder bugs at the front door and ants at the cat food.
I’ve never had box elder bugs before. I don’t remember them from last year. We don’t have a box elder tree (species of maple). I’m not sure what they are doing here unless they got disoriented or failed botany class.
The first day several hundred arrived at the same time. (Yes, it was that many! A lot like The Birds!) A gigantic bug bus must have made a stop. You couldn’t go out the front door without a bunch sneaking in. With luggage. Trunks actually with all the family heirlooms.
Relatively speaking I’m kind to bugs and think they have a place in the ecological chain but it’s not in my house.
They are not too creepy but there were so many it was overwhelming, and we couldn’t use the front door. I checked with Mr. Google.
I’m not a chemical person. I have cats that lick the darndest things, so I keep them safe. Mr. Google said that water with a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle will do it and it did! Killed them within seconds. It doesn’t stop more from coming. I went out every hour or so the first day to spray. There were a lot less the second day.
After that the temperatures outside took a dive. I’m not sure if I killed off the motherload or they are back at home waiting for a warm day.
As if that wasn’t enough, the ants made their annual appearance. Technically the cat’s feeding area (which is their favorite spot) is a second-floor level. It’s a long trek up the outside brick for a few bites of Fancy Feast but they do it. It’s their version of Mount Everest.
This year I’m trying a new tactic. There is no standing wet cat food. I feed the cats wet food and whatever they don’t eat I pick up. There is kibble and water available on the second floor which would be a third-floor trek on the outside. So far, it’s working.
A cleaner my brother gave me that contains thyme kills them on contact. It’s one of those “non-lethal” solutions but not so good for ants.
I’m gearing up for the invasion of a large flying spider that is coming up the east coast in the next few years. They aren’t harmful but scary because of their size. It’s a good time to buy stock in exterminators.