Last night K was out in the yard with Coraline and noticed that there were a LOT of Japanese Beetles on one of the trellises. I looked them up to find out what they were called and how to get rid of them, since they seem to be doing a real number on the foliage of these vines.
So this morning I headed out first thing with a bucket of warm soapy water and started knocking them into it. Perhaps they are less active in the wee hours, because they were quite subdued and mostly just fell right into the bucket. Lots of them appeared to be mating, so TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL. I realized, though, that I was going to need a ladder to reach the higher vines. As I went to the bedroom to put on some real shoes in order to climb safely, I realized that I felt…something under my shirt. I put my hand on top of my tee, near my bellybutton, and felt a beetle moving there. ACKKKKKKKKKKKK! Lifting my shirt so the bug fell onto the carpet and dancing around like a fool, I quietly (others in the house were still asleep) and ridiculously freaked the eff out. SERIOUSLY. These beetles are not huge, but they’re not that small either! Especially when compared with my bellybutton. SHUDDER. Plans for further beetle drownings were then put off in favor of a really, really hot shower.