It’s the middle of winter.
I haven’t seen a spider, fly or even a gnat for months.
Then, this little guy appears.
Gross to admit to the entire world, I suppose.
Welcome to my bug filled home. Now, let’s make some cookies!
Okay, so it’s not filled with bugs. That’s a slight exaggeration. I found about a dozen total so far.
To me, that was enough.
The worst part? Not knowing what the heck he/she/it was. I Goggled “What the heck is this bug?” and came across…
Yes, there is a website completely devoted to bug identification and all things buggy really. Genius!
First, I tried to search the site to spot possible images of my new house mate. Then I realized that these guys have done a LOT of bug research.
I took my chance at submitting an “Ask What’s That Bug” questionnaire, even after reading this below disclaimer.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). And while we appreciate the support, donating through the PayPal link does *not* increase your chances of having your identification request answered.
Fair enough. I’ll give it a whirl.
To my amazement, I was given the bug’s name in less than 24 hours! I plugged “Grain Weevil” into their site search engine and a pretty extensive list of info popped out!
Grain Weevil. My new arch nemesis.
So what’s the big deal with naming this creature? Well, I’ve learned that some bugs aren’t worth making the house all toxic just to ease my “fear” of them. Some are, gross as they seem, actually helpful.
However, as small as these little weevils are, (less than 1/4 inch long) they can do some serious pantry infestation damage. Therefore, we’re opting to rid our house of them.
RIP Grain Weevil.
Hopefully we won’t end up on their “Unnecessary Carnage Page”!