Yesterday morning I sprayed the perimeter of our basement family room with a well known and pleasantly scented home insect spray. I had been avoiding the idea because it’s new carpet, new baseboards, and new drywall and paint in our recently remodeled and new to us home. But evidently the spiders, creepy crawlies with many legs, and by the sound of it, crickets, thought it was all remodeled for them. There is barely any furniture down there so it’s hard to figure out where the crickets especially were hiding, hence the spray into cracks and crevices.
The glimpses I got of crickets in the yard were of big black jumpy things, bigger than the crickets in Texas I might add. I also know crickets in the fall like to think of wintering inside, especially in new carpet. They can do damage. They chew things. They are NOT dressed in top hats and tails.
I have environmental issues with sprays in general and had tried some kinder gentler things which included trying to get Boomer the cat interested in bug hunting. (Not interested.) I have yet to find a pest control company here that uses environmentally safe chemicals. So I did my own spraying. Then l went upstairs to escape the fumes and try to get over the creepy crawly feeling of bugs in the basement. Let’s all ewwwww together….later in the afternoon I went back downstairs to do a status check. Sure enough, there were dead bugs or almost dead bugs around the room, and one silent cricket.
New is no guarantee there won’t be creepy things. Preventative maintenance and ongoing care which needs to start right away is the only answer and that’s still not a guarantee there won’t be issues of some sort. This is the newest house we’ve ever lived in but we are in a very rural area and the house sat empty for 7 months. Some places have more pesty things than others. In Texas we had an environmentally safe exterminator every quarter which worked great, but other friends had service monthly. We battled scorpions, termites, roly polys, roaches, and other icky bugs. My family in Wisconsin wonders what all the fuss is about. They mainly battle flies and mosquitoes a few months of the year.
So I spray the house to keep away the creepy crawlies. Hopefully I didn’t wait too long. I can’t help but think about how I pray to keep away the jumpy things, and things that take me places I don’t belong, because I belong to Him. It’s all about preventative maintenance and ongoing care. For me, I can’t wait. It needs to be day to day.
Cricket image from: http://www.vtaide.com/png/cricket.htm and for the cricket curious you can scroll over the body parts to learn oh so much more about cricket parts.
This is my Pleasantly Disturbed Thursday post and you should go visit Duane’s blog for more pleasantly disturbed posts.