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The Swarm!!!!

I witnessed the freakiest sight I've seen in years this morning when I went outside to throw out Lucas's poo in a plastic baggie and bring the trash cans in. As I was dragging the cans across the driveway I became aware of a lot of small insects sailing through the air over my head. An increasing cloud of flying bugs was gathering around one side of the house, making gross clicking sounds against the siding. We've had problems with wasps before. After Kristen got stung by three wasps in one month, we decided to have them exterminated. I walked back to the house with my arms wrapped around me, cursing that we'd have to get them sprayed again.

I've always been bad with bugs, but my morbid curiosity got the best of me. I went to take a closer look. They looked too small to be wasps. At least five of them were crawling on the picture window. More were flying in from the street. Were they flies? Some kind of pesty beetle?

Then another one boinged off the door in front of me.

It was a LADYBUG.

Ladybugs were everywhere this morning. They were coming after us, a whole swarm of them! Three of them got in the house, one came in on my hair. If I looked out the back window I saw them flying in from my neighbor's yard, soaring towards the roof. Each window in our house had a least two ladybugs on it. There had to have been at least a hundred of them.

Kristen said they're going to hibernate. On our roof or in our house? I found quite a few nine-spotters, which I always considered rare. Is this supposed to be a good omen, or a sign our yard is truly an uncultivated hell?

Well, either way, they were gone by dusk. They left a few stragglers behind, but I think they're gone. That was freaky, freaky freaky! I've never seen so many ladybugs in one place. I can't tell if they left or crawled up into the siding. Either way, good night till spring, little buggies.

I would have taken a picture, but I couldn't open the door without them getting in the house.



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Oct. 21st, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
The huge centipedes are so gross! I find them in my house only occasionally, usually in the basement. I'm sure there are lots hiding in dark places, though. They're pretty harmless but they're scary to look at, especially when they wriggle across the floor. It's like watching that bug scene in Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom. :O It must be horrible to see them so often.

I used to think that having so many wasps around was normal. But when you can't leave the house because they're buzzing around every available surface it's time to do something! I've only been stung once in my life, and I thankfully didn't have a reaction. I heard that the more you're stung the more likely you are to develop an allergy, though, so I was worried about my sister.
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
OMG, this happened to us one time. Well, almost everyone in town who had one wall with good western exposure. For weeks ladybugs swarmed against the warm side of houses. My room faced west and somehow they'd get inside and I had to shake them out of my pillow. >_< My friends had tons get inside the place they were renting and they had to vacuum them off the windowsills and dump burnt ones out of the uplights. Ugh.

We read it had something to do with so many people importing non-native ladybugs to put on their roses.
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! I don't think our situation was that extreme, though I do remember a time when I was young that my family had this tree that was completely covered with ladybug larva one spring.

According to the internets, the ladybugs are the annoying Asian Ladybird variety. We have a backyard neighbor who is nuts about her garden. From what I can see of it from the cracks in her fence it's worthy of a magazine article. She's brought in garter snakes to eat pests that ended up migrating into our yard. I wouldn't be surprised if she's been unleashing Asian ladybirds into our neighborhood. XD
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