First it was a centipede

Now it’s termites.

For the last few weeks I’ve been finding these little beetles all over my room, but they’re not all over in the apartment.  On my walls, on my bed, on my night stand, near the window, near the closet – oh, one was in the closet.  I’ve been squishing them as I see them thinking they were like little june bugs or something and that they were a phase that came with the seasons that would pass.

Tonight I opened up the drawer on my night stand to get a marker and I noticed that on top of my passport was this fine brown dust.  Then I noticed almost everything in the drawer was covered in a dusty looking film that was sort of crunchy.  Then I started noticing these beetles.  Then I noticed larvae pouches on/in everything paper or fabric.  So I did what I had to do and started cleaning out the drawer and throwing things away – all the while feeling dirty and so grossed out.  So I found larvae, I found these beetle looking things and I found these bugs that look like little black ants with wings on their butts.  Funny thing is, that’s what termites look like.

So I started wondering where they were coming from and I remembered that I’ve been noticing a growing amount of paint chips on the floor near my window.  I have been sleeping with the window open lately, however, so I thought it was from the plastic things on the end of the rope you pull to raise the blinds hitting the wall when the wind blows it.  I got down on my hands and knees and looked closer and they “paint chips” are actually from a small hole in the wall near the baseboard.

I cleaned out my drawer and put all the dead bugs and larvae in a bag that I put down the trash shoot.  Then I went to the front desk and put in a maintenance request to have them spray and fill the hole.  They will probably do it tomorrow, but I still plan to get a bug bomb of my own since I have a feeling they won’t be as thorough as I’d like.  I will then get a couple more and do them once a week for the next few weeks just to be safe and make sure I kill anything that might hatch.  So gross.

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