Iced Tea and the Bug Zapper

Warm, muggy Summer nights and a tall glass of chilled (iced) tea enjoyed on the front porch or the deck/patio out back make for some interesting tea moments. The reason: bugs.

The Problem

Insects are a great force on this planet. We’d have dead animal carcasses piled miles high without the scavengers (mostly beetles). We’d have no fruits and vegetables (and thus no animal life on the planet) without bees. Many species of birds wouldn’t exist (some birds eat their weight in insects every day), not to mention bats, reptiles, fish, and anteaters. The creatures that feed on the birds and fish (including your family cat possibly) wouldn’t exist. And so on.

Nevertheless, a bug zapper hanging near your back deck is essential. It keeps those bugs at bay that would otherwise drive you all totally batty and make enjoyment of your tea moment impossible. The bug zapper itself, though, poses it’s own problem. The big issue is keeping the “goners” (bugs that don’t escape the zapper’s “charms”) out of your tea. Even though there’s a catch pan on the zapper, some of the “goners” bounce off enough to miss that pan but (alas!) not miss your glass of tea.

You will probably develop a bit of a “bug zapper twitch” where your hand jerks the glass of tea out of range every time you hear that “zzzzzzzt!” sound. Moving to the other side of the deck isn’t an option. If you sit too far from the zapper, the bugs become troublesome. You can put a lid on the glass, but it would need a hole for the straw. A bug could get in through that hole, even with a straw in it, or maybe would fall into the straw itself.

Okay, you might now be getting that tight-chested feeling that can occur when presented with a problem that seems not to have a solution. But there is one!

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The Solution

One evening after I spilt some tea while trying to twitch out of the way of the next kamikaze bug, hubby came up with the perfect solution. He took a clean handkerchief out of his pocket (yes, he carries a handkerchief, which is practical as well as somewhat charming) and laid it over the top of my tea glass. The next bug to fall landed on the handkerchief and was very visible against the white cloth. I shook off the bug and took a sip of my tea. Aaahhh…perfect!!

Just goes to show, when you have an insoluble problem, turn to your hubby, boyfriend, dad, or whatever significant male in your life and see if he has a handkerchief. Those squares of cloth may not be as popular as they used to be, but they seem to be a quick solution to a wide range of problems. Of course, there is nothing saying you gals can’t carry a handkerchief, too!

They certainly keep those “goners” out of my tea. Now, if they can only help me win this Scrabble game. Sigh!

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