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Let’s face it, I am a wimp when it comes to bugs. Ok maybe not all bugs, but the scary creepy crawly, biting type of bugs. I recently read an article on the Orkin Ecologist site about the world’s scariest bugs, and it was enough to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up! The article discussed some of the most dangerous spiders such as the black widow and the Brazilian wandering spider. These are two critters that you wouldn’t want to come in contact with because of their potent venom. The bullet ant got it’s namesake from it’s horrible sting which is said to be something similar to an actual bullet wound or nail in your flesh. Wow, I thought getting bit by a fire ant was bad! I think the insect in the article that I found most interesting was the giant Japanese hornet. This huge monster has a stinger that is over half an inch in length! The Orkin Ecologist site is a great educational resource as well. Check it out and read more fascinating bug facts for yourself.
We currently live in Florida, and let me tell you, Florida is home to some very large and downright strange insects. I have always had a deathly fear of spiders. I think it all started when I watched a horror flick as a kid about man-eating spiders. When we lived in the Midwest, we had spiders but the ones that we typically saw were small and more frightened of us than we were of them. However, after moving to Florida, I was forced to take my worst bug fear and face it head on!
The photo above was provided courtesy of Elwood W. McKay III and freedigitalphotos.net.
Early one morning a couple of months after moving here, I had just brewed myself my usual morning coffee and turned on the local news when I saw something large and dark on the floor next to the patio door out of the corner of my eye. I jumped up to see what it was and to my horror saw that it was probably the largest wolf spider that I had ever seen, at least in my house. With my heart pounding in my chest, I ran around the house in circles looking for any weapon that I could find which turned out to be a broom and some weed killer which were the closest things within grabbing range at that moment. This was truly my worst #BugOut moment ever! The spider appeared to be quite hairy, at least on the top of its body, and I also noted that it didn’t seem scared of me either. I knew I had to get a little closer in order to kill the thing, but I couldn’t bear it and it was at that moment that I began to second guess our recent move to sunny Florida. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to live with these horrifying creatures on a daily basis.
I crept just close enough and started spraying the spider with the weed killer, and then swatted it several times with the broom. I saw the smashed spider on the floor and felt relief, that is until I saw what looked like hundreds of moving teeny tiny black specks all around the spiders smashed remains. I knelt down and got a closer look and to my surprise realized that these were actually hundreds of tiny baby spiders that I was to find out later, were being carried around on the back of the adult spider. Sick to my stomach, I smashed each and every one of the tiny spiders and cleaned up the awful mess. I found out later that the spider most likely came inside from a small gap at the bottom of our patio door and once this was fixed, we had no further problems. We still find an occasional eight legged visitor around every now and then but this was by far the worst and most memorable one for me.
So I’ve shared my worst #BugOut moment with you. Now it’s your turn! What bug are you most afraid of and what was your scariest buggy moment ever?