So, a beautiful weekend here on the farm. High temp about 72, low around 44.
Great weather for working! Except….
I get to the pop up and find out that a swarm of stink bugs have tried to evoke some squatter’s rights. I knew what they were and knew better than to squash them. Bad idea in case you didn’t know.
But holy Jesus they were everywhere inside.
I did a little research and found out that they are Halyomorpha halts, also known as the brown marmorated stink bug. They are an invasive species that came from Asia and landed in Pennsylvania in 1996. They feast on fruits and berries. I guess they really LOVED our huge covering of blackberries.
Anyway, in the fall they look for a place to over winter and this group decided that our camper was the spot. WRONG. I caught and released over 200 of them and then I realized that the ones I had released were getting back in. So I fired off a couple of bug bombs. I set one can inside and rolled the other under the camper like a grenade. The last person you want to mess with is a pissed off Marine, lol. It didn’t kill most of them, but they sure beat feet like their heads were on fire and their asses were catching. Not in my house!
I hated to kill any, but I was overwhelmed. I really have changed as I’ve aged.
Got a ton of work done today though.
I was able to get a trail cut wide enough through the trees to be able to get the tractor and bush hog down by the creek tomorrow to mow that tick infested wonderland. It really is beautiful, but the ticks can get really territorial in the tall grass.
Oh yeah, and the furnace in the camper won’t light, so I shall be sealed up in my sleeping bag nice and tight as the temp drops to the mid 40s.
In spite of all that, I still love building and creating our homestead!
Maria and I hope you are having a good weekend, where ever you are!
All the best,