Sunday Poser # 86

Sadje is our host and this week’s question is very topical for the time of year.

Bugs; Do you love, hate or tolerate them?
Do you tolerate these insects/ bugs or hate them?
What steps up take to keep your home bug free?

Whilst I appreciate every living thing in the world has a purpose, bugs and I are not the best of room mates. I hate spiders, though can now tolerate the little ones, but I do not want them in the house and years ago one evicted me because Kizzy was useless as a catcher or removal company.

I have known Hubby use an entire can of fly killer spray on one fly that dipped and dived to survive only to be swiped by me with a tee towel, gathered in a tissue and thrown out with the trash.
Bed bugs are common but we blamed Maggie erroneously for that.
Fleas are definitely not tolerated and ruined a 30 year plus friendship, not to mention costing us a small fortune in having to replace furniture, bedding, carpet cleaners and bug foggers.
I can’t stand mosquitoes buzzing in the bedroom at night and the flip flip flip of daddy long legs (crane flies) when they come into the house.

Our biggest problem these days though is ANTS!
Every year they invade us and we spray and puff everywhere to try and keep them out.
Our first major encounter was in the semi when we had an interesting line in the net curtains. On closer inspection we saw it was ants which were coming up through the floor under the window.
Our second major issue was in the cottage years later, when we noticed the beams in the lounge were moving. It was ants, and having solid walls due to the age of the property, they had come up the outside wall and under the tiles on the roof. We rectified that, and when we decorated the front bedroom, we removed the skirting board to discover an ant hill, which thankfully was unoccupied but had never been disposed of! Although we never had problems in the lounge again, we did in the bathroom, kitchen and dining room, and discovered the benefits of a certain ant barrier spray which is still available and we buy at least two cans a year.

We have several ants nests in the garden, some of them red ants and they bite, which fascinate Maya and she follows them with her nose. We’ve had them in the greenhouse and discovered that dried chrysanthemum petals kept them at bay so it was an excuse for Hubby to buy me flowers!

I have no problem with bees  and will go out of my way to help one should it be in distress.
Wasps are another matter and I have been stung several times.
Basically though, if bugs stay in their own environment and keep out of mine, I’m happy.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Sunday Poser # 86

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    It sounds like you have quite a problem with ants 🐜

  2. People are surprised to hear that I am terrified of butterflies. The way they fly around and land on you freaks me out! I used to be scared to death of spiders, but after dealing with cockroaches, I will gladly take spiders over roaches any day. Also thousand-leggers are awful and way too fast. Can’t escape bugs, something I’ve learned to accept…

  3. murisopsis says:

    I am with you on the spiders – I have a truce wherein they stay out of the bedroom, bath, and kitchen and I won’t kill them. Should they venture into my domain I do not hesitate to eliminate them! As for ants, we have carpenter ants around (the neighbors used to have cedar plank siding) but they generally stay away. to be certain we treat the perimeter of the house twice a year…

  4. Sadje says:

    Ants can be quite the menace at times. I hate house flies and mosquitoes at home.

  5. Carol anne says:

    Alls I have to say on the matter of bugs is, ewww! Freak out mode for me! I hate them all!

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