Oct 09 2010
Yesterday’s suddenly warm weather heated up the bugs and they came inside. Fortunately I’ve not seen what I consider “too many” of these critters:
- Brown marmorated stink bugs: After a brief hiatus (when it was raining) the parade of stink bugs distracted us at work yesterday. Despite their large appearance stink bugs can flatten themselves into a narrow profile and drag their large shielded backs through tiny slits. I’ve actually seen one emerge through the crack under my office window. Eeeeewwww!
- House centipedes: At home we have had all sizes of house centipedes though thankfully not in great numbers. I really hate them because their fast-moving legs give me the creeps. My cat points them out by watching and waiting to pounce. Get them, Emmy! (…p.s. See Steve-o’s comment below about what centipedes eat. Maybe I should let them live!)
- Common house spiders: Their cobwebs are in nooks and crannies around the house where I had hoped they’d capture the stink bugs and centipedes. Unfortunately these spiders are too small to tackle such large insects. Some webs have no spiders; Emmy eats them. Even the empty webs perform a useful function: When you want to seal your leaking heating ducts, look for cobwebs nearby. Spiders always build where there’s moving air.
And here’s what I haven’t seen yet – and hope to avoid:
- Asian lady beetles: Though beneficial these bugs are annoying in large numbers. I haven’t seen them inside yet but their favorite invasion month is October. Alas, they’re bound to come.
- Mice: In the fall of 2001, I discovered I had mice when my indoor cats gave me presents: a white-footed mouse and a house mouse. Where there’s one mouse there’s always more, and where there are two species the house is a sieve. I stopped them by cementing all the outdoor cracks around the foundation. Well worth the effort, though my cats were disappointed.
The parade of indoor Nature is underway. Now’s the time to seal the cracks.
(photo by Achim Hering from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the photo to see the original)