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A Bug In The House

Updated on October 7, 2011

Not One But Three

I went down for an early nap

My wife calls to me honey there are bugs in the house

Half asleep and half awake one minute I am coming

What's wrong ?

There are three flying bugs in the house

First thing I am thinking wasps because they sometimes come in when we walk through the door

For some reason you don't see them right away and then there they are in your face

Buzzing by or up above your head

Unpredictable and they can sting you if you are not careful

Charlette our kitten will be the first on alert

She will chase them and knocking down anything in her way to get at her prey

Good Charlette but today she was caught off guard while she was getting some needed beauty rest

We had the first days of repressive heat

Our cool house became an oven as we started to bake

Like muffins starting to burn on the edge left in too long

So in the bedroom and living room windows went the two air conditioners to cool down our home

There are always cracks around the air conditioners that have to be blocked using tape or newspaper or foam

I thought I covered them good with tape

I was wrong as the alarm was sounded

All the bugs came in at once

A deadly moth that still is on the run

Two flying Japanese Beetles that flutter and move fast been no threat to our survival

I looked around and found nothing

When you see them call me

Where did they come from I asked with curiosity ?

From the window where the air conditioner is I think

Since my careful observation that it could only be one of two windows since all the others are shut tight

My wife was watching t.v. then out of know where there were three flying bugs

She said it gives me the creeps

I don't see anything but I will add some more tape to the bottom of the air conditioner in question maybe there is a space I missed

Then within minutes there is one bug

Like a jet plane zooming in and out of sight

Lost again in a curtain

I don't see it

After a more extensive look

I climbed on top of a chair to get a birds eye view

Still nothing

Low and behold one made a grand appearance and after one attempt to get it in a napkin

I came up empty

I thought for sure I got it

Where did it go ?

I don't know ?

Puzzled I left and back to the other room

The alarm sounded again

This time she got it with a hand held Bug Zapper

What a wonderful thing !

It could put my reputation at stake as being the man of the house

Enough to stun the insect but I had to finish it

The dirty deed of putting it out of commision forever

One down two to go

Then the moth was almost instantly sighted

Like Big Foot gone as soon as you come looking for it

This time it was on my leg and I didn't even see it

I felt it crawl I grabbed it with my hand and gave it a new chance at life by letting it out the door

I think of moths as friendly flyers of the skys just like butterflies just wanting to survive

One more to go this could take hours or even days to track

I feel like the posse out looking for one of those bank robbers

With few leads and alot of ground to cover they could be anywhere

My wife spotted a bug go under the cellar door

After jumping on it and trying not to let Charlette eat it

I chalked up another kill on my belt

Before the day is done I will have at least a half dozen insect bodies I could display as trophies of a job well done

I would put them on my mantle but I don't have one

This one was different not flying maybe I let this one in when I let the moth out

Then within the hour two more Japanese Beetles one in the bathroom and one near the cats dish

This is more commical than scarey

Each time I begin to laugh

Your kidding right

Well before night fall we had a grand total of seven in all and one wounded

I got part of something only the legs squished

So as the night swollows the day

I will make my rounds one more time to see if any ugly flying creatures are left

I am very thankful that I live in a state where insects are not poisonous

Then I would be in real trouble

So for now it is just a question of where are you my little flying friends?

Before I got to finish the above line I heard my kitten whine

She spotted something ?

My ears perked up like a dog looking for a treat

I looked and saw nothing

But confident my kitten was right I looked closer and there was another moth on the wall

As I went instantly into the hunting mode like my Charlette after five minutes of quick thinking and the old zapper in hand

A few zaps and this moth had met an untimely fate

I tried to save him too but just too much energy and it wouldn't stay still

I had no choice but to kill and take no survivors

One more average day where nothing out of the ordinary happens


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Barbsbitnpieces I would love to hear your stories.Then I can laugh too.It is funny when it is happening you are anything but happy but when it is all over then you turn into the brave one.Thanx so much.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @DREAM ON...I enjoy your style. It's very creative and fun to read! Who hasn't chased flying things through the house...but without the glee that comes to mind when one reads the circumstances in this (your) way!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Aeriel_ALN That is the story of my life.An endless list of Maybe's. I can try and then I can try harder.How other people get things done I just will never know.Thanx so much.

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      7 years ago from Lindenwood University

      A comical read into the mundane things of life... well done!!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Dim Flaxenwick Now that is a talent I want to kill any bug from a chair.I go leaping in the air like a frog.I go sliding on the floor like a snake.I go reaching behind everything like a dog sniffing another dog.Well with that said I am off to bed.Thanx for all your wonderful thoughts and your time that you let me so often come into your mind and tickle the darndest out of you.You make me look up words that I have in my head but don't really know if they exsist.I get to use euphemism.You make my thinker think.

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh You´ve made my day. You can write about any subject, serious, funny even mundane and you make it a good read.

      I loved this because it reminded me of the place I still call ´home´ where my husband would calmly sit in his favourite armchair , handheld fly swat at the ready. He became an expert at flattening bugs without getting up from his chair. AaaaaH Silly but marvellous memories you brought back for me. Thank you.


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