Jan. 24th, 2017

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Every day, around this time, one or two stink beetles show up and start beating themselves against the inside of my office window. You don't want to squash them. Yuck. Sometimes I open the window and shoo them out, sometimes I catch them and flush them down the toilet, sometimes I just try to ignore them. I'm ignoring today's beetle right now. I know that when I get rid of it, another will take its place pretty quickly. In the evening when we turn on the lights in the living room, eventually one will start flying around the lights. Never a swarm; they appear in ones and twos. When the house was being painted, a couple of them managed to get stuck and die in our paint. The are just here, all the time.

I don't think this house is unusually infested with them. We had them in the old house too; they arrived in this area sometime last summer and they have never stopped appearing since. Somehow they are suddenly very prevalent here. According to that Wikipedia page they are a new invasive insect. At least they don't bite or sting, and they are mostly slow enough to make them easy to capture. Maybe eventually the population will wane again, the way the invasive ladybugs did.

I wish I could figure out where they are coming from and stop them popping up in my office.
elizilla: (s10 sidecar)
The UPS guy just dropped off two boxes. Addressed to me, at the current address. One large and rectangular, one long and thin. I couldn't imagine what they might be. And now I can't imagine why they are here.

The large box is a rolling laundry cart, and the long thin box is a hanging rail to attach on top. Like what you find at the laundromat. They came with a bill; the company that sent them seems to think I'll pay for this thing I did not order.

WTF? Did someone I know order this for themselves, and have it delivered to me because they know I am at home in the daytime to receive it? If so I hope they plan to pay for it.

Trying to decide whether to call this company right away, or wait a little while to see if anyone comes forward to tell me they ordered this sent here and are going to pay for it. Trying to think who it might be.

Is it anyone here on LJ? Probably not - there's hardly anyone left here. Ten years ago maybe.

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