The Bug Chronicles Part 1

After dealing with my water issues, I thought everything would be easy for the next few months, maybe even years. (One can hope.) Then I glanced at the peephole in my front door and saw this:



It looked like a cork stuck in my door. Before I touched it and smeared it, it was actually a nice little spiral. I couldn’t tell for sure, but it seemed like dirt or something. I was really freaking out, and when I took some trash up to the dumpster, I stopped by the leasing office and showed the picture to the property manager. She was curious, too, and we set off with a screwdriver.

This is what we found:



Turns out it was wasp larvae. There were a lot of them in there. She dug several out and put them in a clear bottle to show the exterminator so we could find out what they were.

After she left, I taped up the hole. She said she’d send one of the maintenance guys down to clean it out and put in a new peephole since the glass was gone from mine. (That may have been the scariest part: that the wasp somehow did something to the glass.) So, there is tape, then cardboard, then more tape. I was taking no chances on waking up to a house full of creepy-crawlies.

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The outside had been open before we did this. When we broke through and sealed off the back, the mama came and filled in the outside of the hole.

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The next day, I had a new wasp- and larvae-free peephole.



About two weeks later, I had a run-in with a cute and cuddly insect. I’ll tell you about that one later.