Don’t Bug Me!

When we moved to Coarsegold 2 years ago, I realized I would need to start getting used to a spider or two in the house upon occasion. After all, we were now living on a mountain, where “wild things” live, as opposed to being in a suburb with neat houses all in a row.  I was okay with that.

Still… my husband sprayed around the perimeter of the house with bug spray that the previous owner left for us.  After all, if he was a “veteran mountain person” and thought that was okay to do, then who were we to argue?

We ran out of spray about 6 months ago, and didn’t replace it.  We wanted to see if it was really doing any good.  We started seeing more and more spiders come into the house, along with some other creepy-crawly things that I don’t even know the name of!

My husband would very carefully pick the little (and big) critters up and take them outside, releasing them into their natural environment. He’s kind. Releasing them outside meant to me that they could come right back in if they wanted. Perhaps I’m not as kind as I think I am.

However, I did continue being respectful of the life here on the mountain. After all it was here first.

But when a bug crawls into my favorite house slippers, hiding in wait to bite me, that’s another story.

This week we hired a Bug Termination Service.  So if you’ve read previous posts where I’ve talked about the centipede we found in the laundry room, the tiny frogs in the bathroom and kitchen, and the tarantula in the dining room…. no worries. It’s safe to come visit us now.

The bugs only have themselves to blame.  I respected them until they crossed the line.


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Comments (13)

  1. Gloria Rieschl

    Ohhhhhh My Goodness, SO HAPPY to hear you are living in a more bug free environment!!! Yeah, I guess I am so NOT as kind as your DH!!! I agree with you 100%…cross “that” line and you will meet your demise!

    October 22, 2016 at 5:32 am
  2. Jo

    We live on 22 acres of land. I figure if I only want 1/2 acre to myself that leaves plenty of room for everybody else. I also have “that” line of no return.

    October 22, 2016 at 7:24 am
  3. I love my dust buster for creepy crawlies! I suck em’ up and put a paper towel in the opening so they can’t come out! I’m not that kind either! LOL

    October 22, 2016 at 7:25 am
  4. Karla

    I am a bit on the kind side myself but I didn’t tolerate them in my apartment only because I knew it could make more with another one somewhere. I really do hate to kill the little critters (most of mine were little) because they are just being a bug doing what bugs do, albeit a lost bug, but I would eliminate them with my sorry voice (which I wish you could hear), “I torry. No ‘pider in my ‘partment”. I felt bad each time.

    October 22, 2016 at 7:57 am
  5. Su Hall

    I am a die-hard bug hater, myself. I, too, though, will do my best to get them and put them outside. Palmetto bugs, or ‘cockroaches’, are my worst, however, and Florida just has them everywhere! They particularly like to come out after it rains. Ewwww! They fly! And, if I am anywhere in a house with one, it will find ME! I swear! I don’t know if I emit a certain pherone or what, but, in every occasion where there has been one in the house, it has flown to me.
    Spiders, though, I have a lot more patience for. They catch bugs! So, I may have a few spider webs, here and there, I leave them be. Not dust, mind you. The webs have to have a spider in them for me to leave it. LOL
    We also have a lot of regular roaches here and that is where pest control comes in. I can’t stand to have all those things crawling on and around my stuff! I will go in debt for pest control! LOL
    Glad you got a better grip on the bugs!

    October 22, 2016 at 9:07 am
  6. Carol

    Loved this story and had a big laugh. My daughter is like your husband and just freaks out if I kill a bug or moth that’s flying around. She runs around the house and catches them all and then releases them outside. She even has my grandkids doing the same. I don’t like bug spray or any of that stuff. Before I moved my previous home had an outdoor pool and spa and it was horrible for me when I had to clean the pool equipment because of the large population of black widow spiders. I read an article that if one had black widows they kept the other bug population under control. So my weekly pool equipment cleaning routine always began with a little conversation with all those black widow spiders. I always told them that I had to disturb them for awhile but wouldn’t harm them. Then I asked them to kind of go away to another place until I was through. This sounds really stupid, doesn’t it? Those black widow spiders would actually do what I asked. After I finished all the cleaning and getting everything back together I would let out a “I’m through now; you can come home.” So funny, within an hour there they were back again. I did that for so many years. My son was quite sure I lost my marbles. The insecticide wasn’t even available for purchase because it wasn’t safe for one to buy (think at that time only pest control companies could get it) and a pest company told me that they couldn’t even get one strong enough to kill the black widows under my stairs to the porch in the front of the house. I really like the fly swatters to go after bugs but they keep disappearing — thanks to my grandkids and daughter I’m sure.

    October 23, 2016 at 3:08 am
    • Karen

      Wow, what a story, Carol! I’m so glad the Black Widows listened to you!!!! 🙂

      October 23, 2016 at 9:07 am
  7. NancyP

    Ohhhh, Karen! You don’t ever want to live in Florida!!! They are big enough to carry your house away!!!!!

    October 24, 2016 at 10:01 am
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