Monday, April 11, 2011

This blog post was eaten by...

Today, just to prove how a Monday can be, we had bugs start dropping from the ceiling. Freaky, earwig-like bugs. Except they had wings, twice as long as their bodies, and antennae that did not have a bend in them.

They were coming from a couple of vents, one in the girls' bathroom and one in the living room. We vacuumed up bugs at twenty-minute intervals while waiting for the pest control guy to come by.

He came by as his last appointment of the day, around five p.m. He gave us the bad news: termites.

(The company in general has totally failed to impress us. We pay them for quarterly pest control service, and when I called to tell them that we were seeing around a hundred critters every twenty minutes and could someone please come by, they started acting like I wanted somebody--oh, sometime later in the week, or early next week. No, I said. Today, I said. Right away, I said. Five or six p.m. as his last appointment of the day was the best they could do, they said. Termites, he said. About 2 grand to treat, he said. I'll call you with a price quote [tomorrow? the next day? We still don't know] he said. Bye, he said, giving us no further advice on what the heck we were supposed to do about the freaky critters dropping from the ceiling in the meantime. We called the company back to ask, and they promised that either he would call us or they would. Nobody called. We may be shopping around for a better pest control company. Right away, she said.)

Anyway, the planned follow-up to the post about Catholic weddings has been postponed until I don't have to glace up nervously at the ceiling every five seconds while typing, because the fear that winged termites in the throes of a mating swarm are going to drop on you any second sort of takes the joy out of writing about the Sacrament of Matrimony and related issues. If blogging is a bit sporadic in the next day or two, it will probably because my desire to write is being slowly eaten by...

...termites.

7 comments:

Bathilda said...

That's rotten luck, Red. Looking forward to part two.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

In West Virginia, where there has been an infestation of imported Asian ladybugs, which, unlike the native American variety, do not hibernate for the winter, but crawl into the walls of buildings, which resemble the crevices of cliffs they habitually crawl into in Asia, we vacuumed them, then vacuumed in some boric acid powder to make sure they didn't fly back out. It had to be done over again every day. That was six years ago. I'm not sure if its still the same story now.

One thing people of most political and religious persuasions can agree on is pest control. Hope you find a competent service before you read this.

Alisha De Freitas said...

Oh no! What a way to work on your patience level during Lent, right? I hope everything works out as soon as possible!

Anonymous said...

Termidor

Treat the perimeter of your house. Treat your slab penetrations where your plumbing comes up into your bath tubs or showers. Done.

Good for 10 years or more, maybe forever. As toxic to you and your pets as a flea collar.

If it's too much trouble to do this yourself, you may have to spend 10 to 20 times as much to have someone apply the same product, but at least you'll be able to sell your house one day.

doug

Dawn Farias said...

Oh, gross! So sorry! Looks like you may have a helpful comment, though.

MightyMighty said...

If you've been paying for quarterly pest control, aren't they liable for the fact that they didn't notice or treat a growing infestation? It sounds like it's been there a while.

Anonymous said...

That is a bad pest control 'service' - do get another. For termites the treatment should be arsenic, and yes, all around the perimeter of the house - injected into the ground. Doug is right. I don't much like your house's chances, though.