Thursday, August 13, 2009

Take THAT!

I know a lot of you have been worried about my recent experience with the box elder bugs in my apartment, so I thought I'd give you a little update to set your minds at ease. Yesterday evening Bryan set out on a box elder bug hunt/ extermination in both bedrooms and was successful (so far as we can tell).

We had noticed before that when you look down into the window track (of the windows in both bedrooms; they are identical) you can see a little hole full of dirt and muck. We had suspected that this was where the bugs were crawling in, so Bryan covered the hole with tape a week or two ago. The bugs were still getting past the tape somehow, but this confirmed our suspicions since the tape had dead box elder bug stuck to it. Yuck.

So last night Bryan went to more fully inspect the situation and see what else we could do. In the end, the process went something like this: Bryan cleaned out the hole with his finger as best he could, thought that they might have laid egg sacs in the holes, vacuumed out the holes with the use of our vacuum and a funnel, poured soapy water down the holes (thanks for the suggestion, Whitney), then melted a candle and poured the wax down the holes until they were completely blocked up with wax. The result? No bugs last night! And no bugs (dead or otherwise) littering the window sills this morning! We'll keep watching the holes and see how things go, but I think we may have solved the problem. Hooray!

The one piece of bad news is that I didn't actually get a whole lot more sleep last night than I did when I was being tormented by the box elders. The doctor says he thinks I'm still a few weeks away from delivering and -sad as it is-I think I agree with him, but I find that I am waking up more in the night to go to the bathroom or simply because some part of my body hurts. Last night when I tried to get up to go to the bathroom I had to scoot off the bed before I could sit up because I had a sharp pain in my tummy every time I tried to move. Ugh. So, for the second day in a row now I am basically sitting around the apartment with the lights off trying to catch up on rest.

P.S. I was going to include a picture of a box elder bug, when I googled it just now the pictures were making me feel way too squirmish, so I closed the page. Sorry. If you want to see pictures you can google it yourself. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!


Mego said...

EEEWWWW I google imaged it..... sick

Lindsay said...

I'm so glad that your apartment is bug-free!! And I think your melted candle into the hole method is brilliant. And this is why we graduate from college. Hang in there-you're so close!

CK Morgan said...

gross about the bugs. I'm glad I read these posts now instead of before bed or I would have "felt" those bugs all night. Sorry about not being able to sleep. Maybe your little girl is trying to get you used to how she wants things run at night :)

Kathy Haynie said...

"Plugged it up completely with wax..."

Sounds like what the ear doctor said to me today before she cleaned the nasty ear wax out of my ear.

Emily said...

Ew, I remember those bugs. I totally know what you were going through. One time we came back from vacation when we still lived in our old apartment and they were EVERYWHERE on our big window! YUCK!! I can completely sympathize. :) You should move closer to us. :)

Holly Mayer said...

EWW. good idea with the wax. I hope there are no more bug sightings.