ferret pee and ladybug invasion


Posted: April 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: gross, kitchen | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »


asian lady beetles

asian lady beetles

Today at the house: we finally conquered a stubborn radiator that we’d been trying (and failing) to get out of the kitchen for a few days. The winning trick was using a 5-foot-long crowbar. This enabled us to finish getting the last of the wallboard off the last wall! I firmly believe that we are FINALLY done removing sheet rock from that room. It was a gorgeous warm day which brought TRILLIONS of ladybugs out of hibernation to swarm the insides of our windows in a truly revolting manner. They’re actually Asian Lady Beetles, which sounds like something really sweet and lovely but is kinda gross when there are so many of them covering every window in the house. According to the internet, in nature they like to hibernate in cracks and crevasses in rock faces, but they’ll happily settle for squeezing themselves into any opening in anything large and pale-colored, which apparently includes every crack and crevasse around ever window of our house. Luckily they don’t breed in there, and they don’t eat anything, they just go to sleep and in the spring, on warm sunny days, they all wake up and crawl sluggishly around the windows and window-frames and ceilings until they make their ways outside (or drop dead, littering the floors with bug carcasses). We vacuumed up about 5 gazillion of them from the living room, then did another 3 trillion in the kitchen, and by the time we made it back to the living room there was a whole new crop of them covering the windows! Impressive. Hopefully we will have time to do some caulking and sealing to reduce this invasion next year.
In other wildlife news, as the weather warms up we spend more and more time wondering what the hell peed all over ever single inch of the entire house! (and reminding ourselves that the purchase price was so cheap that we don’t mind dealing with pervasive piss stink). Really, every single room, even the closets. Well, today in a box of old junk I found a purchase certificate for SIX ferrets. I don’t know anything about ferrets or their habits but I feel like it might be hard to house train one of them, let alone six of them. Mystery solved?

darned FERRETS

darned FERRETS!


One Comment on “ferret pee and ladybug invasion”

  1. 1 michele ly said at 5:20 pm on May 16th, 2010:

    hi, eliza! we met a hundred years ago, and i’ll be looking for you & mike @ renegade again this june…

    meantime YES! i used to get those same ladybugs in my old classroom! they’d made these little winter sleeping homes around every window and in the large wooden closet that ran the entire length of one of the classroom walls. they never ate or damage anything– they’d just *crowd* the damn place and occasionally die. my school bought its first dustbuster just for their little spotty carcasses!

    and also, yes! (/noooo!) to the ferrets. those things are the worst in terms of pee. they don’t housetrain, and their piss smells the absolute WORST. good luck getting it all out…!

    see you in june,
    michele


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