Thank goodness we haven’t had to deal with the usual mosquito numbers this year like we have in the past. However, as always, when something is lacking, something else shows up in abundance. This year it’s wasps and aphids, with the usual number of boxelder bugs tossed in for good measure.
Yesterday I dropped by the hardware store to grab a can of bug killer, but the store was sold out of everything. They can’t keep the shelves stocked. It seems like everyone has been in buying bug killer, wasp traps, and just about anything else that might stop the critters that have seemed to invade every backyard in our neighbourhood.
The wasps, while annoying, have basically stuck to our back lawn where they can be seen hovering everywhere. We do get some coming up onto the deck area, but I keep a spray bottle filled with water that seems to do the trick when it comes to keeping them at bay.
For the most part, the boxelders, or maple bugs, have generally kept to themselves on our fence at the back of the yard where they gather by the hundreds to soak in the sun. I have noticed more and more on the deck over the course of the last few days and that was my reason for heading over to the hardware store to buy bug killer. If they want to hang out on the fence, no problem, but if they want to venture into my area, they’ve had it!
I can’t remember seeing so many aphids. They’re everywhere. My black barbeque cover actually looks black and green. Every time we sit at the patio table we have to wipe all of the aphids off the table and cushions. The worst part is while we’re sitting on the deck, we’re constantly wiping the darn things off our shirts! I should have known we were having a bad year for aphids when the city brought in 300,000 ladybugs to take care of the problem in Victoria Park!
Maybe this morning on the Flea Market I’ll look for 5,000 aphids to take care of the problem in my backyard! Does anybody know someone who might sell me that many ladybugs?