We've got bugs. Lots of them. All over the woods and trees and side of the house. I've never seen them before, but I've never lived by the woods before. They look like this:
Apparently they are box elder bugs. And apparently a lot of the trees behind us are elder trees. Sweet.
The good news is that they are harmless. Other than swarming disgustingly around my house and trying to break in to hang out for the winter (I'm reading about how they are sneaky little things and will just wander in through any itty bitty tiny crack or anything. Or on, you know the freaking wood we use to heat the house). And the other good news is (supposedly) you don't need pesticides to kill them. Just plain ol' soap and water. Yay! I'm not a huge bug killer, really. But I'm not a fan of swarmy creepy beetles in my bedroom either. So I'm soaping the suckers.
Looks like for the next couple of days I'll be ninja-ing around my house with a spray bottle full of dish soap. I'll sneak up on them before they can sneak in on me! Ha!