We can order ladybugs later, for the next infestation.
While picking up the poison, I saw a long, molded foam box that would go nicely in front of the AC unit. I almost quibbled on the $40 price, but had decided to get one. Unfortunately, both were cracked, so even if I find a whole one I am not buying.
Perhaps I'll find something at the Exchange this weekend when I go for class. We're still considering sacrificing a section of grass (not that the grass is anything to brag about) to build a planter box for vegetables and herbs. I just haven't decided how big.
Oh...and I've decided to mix plantings of creeping rosemary into the rock pile blocking the hole under the fence. I just can't resist planting more rosemary.