Insects and the city

I suppose “because it’s there” probably won’t suffice:

With all the amazing discoveries and advances in science, you would think someone would figure out why bugs crawl into light fixtures. Why don’t they just crawl back out? Do they have some sort of death wish or it is elder bug tradition to be slowly toasted to dust rather than be a burden on their families?

What is really intriguing is how they get into closed light fixtures; you know, the ones with the globes or covers that fit into holders and have to be tightened down. Do they transform into slivers of themselves, able to collapse their outer shells in order to fit between the fixture and holder?

Shape-shifter insects! Now I’m really creeped out.

But there’s yet another consideration:

Now that the longer-lasting compact fluorescent lamps have come on the market, does that mean by that by the time we change bulbs any remnants of bug life will have long desiccated into powder?

Mental note: Remove CFLs from kitchen — just in case. (Bug powder, even finely ground, is not on my diet.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    16 September 2008 · 12:31 pm

    Hey, protein is protein. (As they say in Soylent Green.)

    I suspect the bug-light-attraction has something to do with the fact that lamps = moon in bug minds, and the full moon is typically a mating time. It would be kind of like if a giant terrestrial alien that was kind of like an anglerfish, only that looked like a beer joint, came to the Earth…we’d start wondering where the frat boys had all gotten to.

    Or I suppose there could be some electromagnetic impulse we are deaf to that attracts insects. I once had an “issue” with ants coming in and swarming a step-down transformer for a halogen lamp I had. And there’s the famous problem of fire ants shorting out junction boxes and air conditioning units by building nests in them.

  2. Brian J. »

    16 September 2008 · 12:51 pm

    We’ve already had insect powder in our light fixtures, but I suppose that more attests to our lack of a “clean the fixture when changing the bulb” policy than longevity on the bulb’s part.

  3. Tatyana »

    16 September 2008 · 1:38 pm

    Insect powder is good for your immune system: it makes it active.

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