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Uninvited Company

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The weather was spectacular yesterday for walking our woods on the second Sunday of October. Unfortunately, it brought out more than just our invited guests.

I don’t know where they’ve been hiding until now, or whether they just coincidentally arrived from somewhere else on a day when the warm sunshine inspired hoards to congregate on warm surfaces, but the Asian Lady Beetle infestation has begun with a vengeance.

We’ve suffered their invasions in the past, so it’s not a total shock to see them again. Last year their numbers were low, and it was relatively easy to disregard them.

I don’t ever remember such a stark transition in a day, going from seeing none to suddenly having them arrive en masse.

In fact, I didn’t see any of them in the morning, but by afternoon they were everywhere and became an instant nuisance.

Cyndie was using the grill on our deck to cook dinner and the invaders were all over the outer screen door when she opened the inside door. I batted the screen to shoo them off and was surprised to find they were all on the inside of the screen.

As darkness fell and lights came on in the house, the bothersome bugs were already flying around lightbulbs and occasionally landing on us.

The small shop-vac was getting a good workout last night. Something tells me it is going to become a permanent fixture in our living space this winter.

I will also be maintaining my vigilant use of a cover on my ice-water cup, but with a renewed sense of priority for a while.

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Written by johnwhays

October 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. They arrived here, too. The air was thick with them…it was kind of beautiful in a gross way….lol

    Liz

    October 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

  2. Funny….. we got nailed with them yesterday as well. Never seen them in such numbers. Crazy.

    mnf1fan

    October 9, 2017 at 6:23 am

    • Apparently a banner year for the pests. Thanks for the mention. There’s some solace in knowing our place isn’t the only one being inundated.
      Hoping our chickens show an interest in pecking the beetles to smithereens.

      johnwhays

      October 9, 2017 at 7:23 am


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