Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Invasion of the Asian

Two days ago I stole J.R.'s shoe. I was attempting to be sneaky but was caught in the act. Go figure. When confronted about WHY I stole one of his shoes I told him it was needed to squash a bug. I was then told that it's to cold for bugs and they're no longer in the apartment.

Well tonight I would like to take a moment to point out that even when it's 5 degrees out the invasion of the asian is still continuing. Here is my proof.

Now I know the picture sucks. Bear with me guys, I've temporarily misplaced my nice camera and I had to use my phone. However, this is a picture of a lovely asian ladybug that is still living in my home. I know my apartment is cozy but seriously, what does this thing eat?! How the hell is this thing STILL alive? Just when I thought I had killed them all another one appears.

In other news, Project Runway was a major bust tonight. I'm not a happy camper. They kept the spit queen and cut the sane designer. Idiots. In other news, the hot gay man had to leave the show and to make up for this they brought back the fun gay man. There was drama, there were tears, there were horribly ugly outfits. God I love this show. We can blame Cheri for my addiction to PR. She got me hooked on the competition last year when J.R. was deployed. It is the one tv show that I watch religiously. Even J.R. knows that it's on every Wednesday at 10/9 central and that at this time he must hand over the remote and keep his mouth shut. He'll probably never admit it, but he does enjoy the show... at least in my own little delusional mind he loves the show.


Anonymous said...

Another PR addict! Yes, the clothes were awful last night. I miss last season's group. This is a boring, waaay tooo gay group. Is it Chris, with the dark glasses, plays it like an actor, but over the top. But Heidi is gorgeous and love her accent and wardrobe and I enjoy listening to Michael Kors and Nina's assessments. I got hooked midway through the first season. I try to watch 'House' and 'Scrubs' also but rarely have time.
Those damn bugs bite. Hope you got it with the shoe.
Cathy B

Stephanie said...

Rob won't let me watch Project Runway or America's Next Top Model without bitching the entire way through -- How do you do that??

joyce said...

It looks like a lady bug in your picture. They eat aphids. Do you live near oak trees? aphids feed on oak trees and lady bugs feed on affids. Lady bugs don't bire. In fact they tickle if you let them walk across your hand.

joyce said...

Q. Why do ladybugs come into my house in the winter time?
A. Ladybugs are attracted to the light colored houses. Especially, homes that have a clear southwestern sun exposure. Older homes tend to experience more problem with aggregations due to lack of adequate insulation. The ladybugs come in through small cracks around windows, door ways and under clap boards. They want to hibernate in a warm, comfortable spot over the cold months of winter. Ladybugs gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you see one, you can be sure more will follow. The best way to keep them out is to repair damaged clap boards, window and door trim and to caulk small cracks.

Q. Once the ladybugs are in my house, will they eat anything?
A. No. Ladybugs don't eat fabric, plants, paper or any other household items. They like to eat APHIDS. Aphids are very small, but very destructive pest that feed on plants. (If you have rose bushes, you have probably seen aphids.) Ladybugs, while trying to hibernate in your house, live off of their own body fats. They, also, prefer a little humidity. But our homes are usually not very humid during the winter. In fact, they are rather dry causing most of your ladybug guests to die from dehydration. Occasionally, you might witness a ladybug in your bathroom getting a drink of water. Now, that's a smart lady!

Q. How can I get them out of my house?
A. If you don't have a lot, just leave them. They will leave when spring arrives. Disturbing them will only cause them to stress out leaving yellow markings on your walls. The yellow stuff, you see, is not waste matter, but rather, their blood. Ladybugs release a small amount of their blood which is yellow and smells, when they sense danger. Some people have said that it does stain on light colored surfaces.

Q. But, I really want the ladybugs out of my house!
A. Use a "shop vacuum". This type of vacuum is easy to use for collect ladybugs. When using this to vacuum up ladybugs, use a clean bag or pad the bottom with a cloth. After all is clean, release the unwelcome guests outside.

piper said...

Made me grin! And made me think of this poen by Ogden Nash for some reason. Okay, this is not really about a ladybug...but it's a bug all the same -

I objurgate the centipede,
A bug we do not really need.
At sleepy-time he beats a path
Straight to the bedroom or the bath.
You always wallop where he’s not,
Or, if he is, he makes a spot.


joyce said...

I shoulda said I googled it to credit where I got the info on the ladybug. I was born in Illinois and have lived in Texas most of my life now and I had never heard them referred to as "asians". Wonder how they got that name. I'll have to google that, too...

hope the info helped explained why they are coming inside.

Josie said...


The specific type of ladybug is an Asian version that's taken off in the midwest and other areas. They bite, they smell, and they leave lots of yellow marks. They're not fun. This should answer the Asian reference though!

You can check out the information here

Kris, in New England said...

Project Runway is the best show on TV, next to House. And you are right, this year is a little disappointing. My fave year is last year with Jeff Sebelia - the drama (I should say hetero drama) on last season between him and Angela was priceless.

Yeah, I need to get out more. And so does The Hubby - he really does like the show.

Reflections by Kris