Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Box Elder Bugs: The Bane of My Existence

Despite the fact that Bryan and I keep our windows and doors closed all the time, these stupid creatures find their way in anyway. We think there must be a way they're tunneling in through the bedroom windows because that is the area where we find them most. Usually we just find our window sills littered with dead Box Elder bugs (so gross), but every now and then I will happen upon a live one.

A couple of weeks ago I had one such encounter in the middle of the night when I woke up to one crawling on my face. Luckily I killed the little sucker in the process of flailing around to get it off, but it was none too easy trying to fall asleep again after that. I jerked around every time I felt the slightest movement, which was fairly often considering I have long hair and a fan blowing on me all night. That left me rather skittish for a few days, but after no other encounters I finally calmed down again.

Then last night it happened again. I had already woken up twice during the night to go to the bathroom (ugh) and pretty much all I wanted in life by the time 4:00am rolled around was to keep right on sleeping. Unfortunately, I was awakened once again by the sensation of that terrible flutter of the Box Elder bug wings. I appropriately freaked out, brushed off my pillow several times, turned on the flashlight I keep next to my bed to look for remains of a dead bug somewhere (which I didn't find), and then rolled over on my other side to go back to sleep. But as soon as I rolled over it happened again! This time, sadly, I was facing Bryan and when I was flailing around trying to get the bug off my face I accidentally hit Bryan in the face. So then both of us were up and I could NOT get back to sleep. After about ten minutes I asked Bryan to turn on the lamp and inspect the window sill to see if there were any more. When he got up I saw a live one perched on his pillow. He gave that bug the smashing it deserved, checked the window sill for more (there weren't any), and then went to dispose of the terrible thing. Well, it's like I said about having long hair and a fan blowing on me all night. I didn't fall asleep again until around 5:00 or 5:30am. I think my eyes are still a little puffy, but I guess nobody can tell because the rest of my face is pretty puffy these days too. Sigh.

Before we go to bed tonight we will most certainly be sealing all of the window edges with mailing tape or something in a greater effort to keep the bugs out and away from our precious sleep.

6 comments:

Whitney said...

I hate box elder bugs! My parents have a maple tree which apparently box elder bugs LOVE. My dad tried so many bug sprays and they wouldn't die! So I googled, and found that dish soap is the best way to kill them, I dunno if that would work very well for where they are coming in, but maybe something to consider? I'm sorry you're being tormented by them :(

alee said...

Gross. I don't even know what those bugs are, but I can't imagine waking up to a bug on my face. Gross.

Lckevan said...

I would be totally freaked out! I hate ALL bugs!

Lisa Lou said...

yuckj yuck yuck yuck yuck. i got all itchy just reading this!

Lindsay said...

BLEH!! the bug on the face thing...I don't think so! Seal off all entrances! Yuck.

lauren said...

yuck friend! sorry you had to deal with all the creepy crawleys :(. sad day for getting no sleep, but i'm sure you look beautiful puffy face and all :).