ZEEPT (zeept) n. The accumulation of dead insects around an electric bug fryer.
Well, the warmer weather is most definitely back, especially in the South, and with it comes…. bugs! There are no insects in the world that can compare to Southern bugs, with the exception of jungle bugs. With the new swarm comes the relighting of bug zapper lights in the evenings. They are there to lure moths, mosquitoes, and other biting, flying insects to their doom. Sometimes if you listen, you will hear the zap of a tiny gnat, or the minute-long frying of a dragonfly, but that sound, as satisfying as it might seem in its arthropodian carnage, is not as fine as seeing the zeept. The zeept is what you find the morning after when you go out to the porch. Once you turn off the bug zapper in the morning, if you look to the floor or ground, you can see the evidence of the casualities lost in the war on insects. These are the ones the bats, cats, and birds did not get. These are the ones who were too stupid to listen to the warning, “Don’t go into the light!” You sweep up the zeept, deposit the tiny corpses, then get ready for another night of battle, because, with the bugs being the most numerous things on the planet, it is a war that will never end.