Saturday, July 07, 2007

Invasion

I'm talking about Leptocoris trivittatus. Also known as the Box Elder Bug. This disgusting little creature takes its name from the trees they feed off of. Plantboy has informed me that these trees line the canal behind our apartment.

These sneaky bugs get in the house somehow. Once they are in, it is only a matter of time before there is a veritable infestation as the primary function of the adult seems to be flying around scaring my kids or copulating. I'm sure it is only a matter of days before my observant five year old asks me if they are wrestling when one sits on the other like that.

In Texas, I had a six year old tell me once that it was easy to tell which bugs were the love bugs. They were the ones with the two heads. Now, I may be scienceteachermommy, but I wasn't HIS mommy, so I just smiled and said, "That's right dear."

I'm not REALLY complaining. I mean, it isn't like they are malaria-infested mosquitos or anything like that. But the bugs in conjunction with the heat and the moving and the single parenting are really getting to me.

The newstory, right out of Hitchcock, will read, "Woman Instituionalized After Infestation: A woman staggered from her apartment today covered with Leptocoris sp. insects crawling in her hair. She was muttering over and over, 'All I did was lay down for a nap.' Her husband has flown in from Oregon to pick up the kids. His only comment was, 'She kept saying she was okay; I had no idea it had gotten so bad. At least the move will be easy now. It appears the bugs have taken everything.' Even his wife's sanity."

I will dream in orange and black tonight.

4 comments:

Girly Momma said...

so you're telling me texas isn't the only place with bug infestations? we get these little black ants and until we found the bait that would kill them, they drove me crazy. i would complain to my husband almost everyday. i became quite handy with a bottle of raid.

Desmama said...

Box elders. Ugh. My parents have to spray for them every year and then, for a day or two, live with them in various stages of death on the entire south side of their house.

Box elders. Ugh.

Kimberly Bluestocking: said...

I always thought they were kinda pretty, but then, they never invaded my domicile.

Ann O'Dyne said...

"the existential question of the day:

If a dryad falls in a forest and only a deaf pagan is present, does the dryad make a sound?
nan | Homepage | 07.10.07 - 12:45 am | # "

I just followed that remark to the source.
I just had to.

... and that is not an insect anyone could love.

Now you are safe in beautiful oregon you will never want/have to move again
peace and love from another gypsy (at least we harbour no detritus)