Although I am usually brave, when it comes to bugs, I am faint hearted. I am not a fan of creepy crawlers. Bees, grasshoppers, praying mantis, and butterflies do not bother me at all. I find them to be quite amazing and plant perennials to attract bees and butterflies. But centipedes and lantern bugs and stink bugs and termites and earwigs turn my blood to ice – especially if I discover one crawling on me or I discover them in our home.
Mosquitoes do not arrive here until late May/early June. They find me immediately if I am outside. I am a mosquito magnet, and mosquito bites cause large welts. I am miserable and itchy!
Yesterday, I planted pansies in the backyard, and little insects were flying by. They are waking up and are here to stay until winter returns. Today, I woke up thinking about bugs, so I sat down and wrote this poem.
After a winter with February snow after snow after snow,
Spring’s arrival has come at a crawling pace.
March, the unofficial launch of pest season.
Temperatures warm up and moisture peaks,
And insects come creeping into our yards and homes.
There is a seasonality to bugs,
Different species at certain times of the year.
Goodness gracious! Bugs!
The brown marmorated stink bug that wintered in your home
Emerges to feast on vegetables, fruits, and leaves.
Beware their foul smell if they are frightened or squashed!
If termites choose your home as a food source,
Get professional help immediately – do not hesitate!
My oh my! BUGS!
What about cockroaches in bathrooms, kitchens, and cellars?
Most active at night and living in groups….DISGUSTING!
Carpenter ants found in water-damaged spaces
In and near window and door frames, dishwashers, chimneys,
In drain gutters, wooden shingles, and porches.
Yuck! BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!
Spiders, wasps, hornets, beetles, centipedes,
Millipedes, sow bugs, flies, and mosquitoes.
Silverfish, springtails, moths, and katydids.
Yikes! I found one, two, three…
Hundreds of them! What are they? They’re bugs.
BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!