I’ve got tiny ants crawling around in my kitchen, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m not ashamed because after six years of living in this house, I’ve finally realized that they come every year, and are in fact not a reflection on my standards of cleanliness. (Though I’m sure the kitchen could stand to be cleaner.) I’ve also been talking to a few Portland area friends who are also being visited by these tiny ants, so I think it’s safe to say it’s ant season.
I also believe that it’s spider season. Maybe not all spiders, but at least the kind of spider I took this picture of — black body, whitish legs, maybe half an inch across. I’ve seen them in the house, as well as out and about. I remember some point last year at which I started noticing a lot of spiders, but I don’t remember when it was. I’m hazarding a guess it was springtime, though, and noting it for next year to see if the pattern hold.
I’ve noticed one more seasonal insect that I’m lucky enough not to see much of most of the time — mosquitoes. From what little I know, these little suckers need standing water to breed, along with some warmth, and usually in Portland we have one or the other, but not both. My working theory is that the recent warm weather on the tails of regular spring rain has given them good breeding conditions. Or maybe this happens every year and I just don’t notice it. But that’s why I’m writing this down.