I am watching creatures die, and I am actually enjoying it.
Yesterday evening, I had a sudden infestation of ceratopogonidae. That is a very big name for very tiny insects also called midges or no-see-ums. They arrived in my living room through the kitchen sink drain.
A quick visit to Lord Google advised me to trap them using a small amount apple cider vinegar together with a few drops of dish soap. So, I set up two glasses containing this mixture and went to bed.
This morning, I found that one of those glasses had trapped one ceratopogonida, and the other had caught several. Not only were there quite a few in repose at the bottom of the glass, there were about ten others circling the rim.
This glass is placed close to where I normally sit on the couch, so I have been watching ceratopogonidae behaviours for the last hour. While they are obviously attracted to the smell of the vinegar, many of them seem reluctant to venture too close. They keep circling the rim, sometimes climbing over each other. I wonder if they suspect it is a trap.
Once in a while, one will crawl inside the glass part way down and then crawl back up. Sometimes there will be a flurry of activity with all of them moving about, and at other times they will all be very still for a long time.
Occasionally one or two will crawl down the outside of the glass but, presumably, become bewildered at being able to see and smell the vinegar but not actually get to it. So, they climb back up to the top.
As fascinating as the behaviours of the ceratopogonidae are, I really don’t want them in my home. I have poured vinegar down the drain and put the plug in to stop the exit of any escapees. At present, all the active ones are in or on one of the two glasses and not flying in front of my face, so I think I am winning the battle.
And, no. No regrets.