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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Unfortunately one of the downsides of travel to exotic locals (especially if you can't afford the local Hilton) is that exotic bugs also live there. Does anyone have any bug encounters that you'd like to share with us?

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Unfortunately, I have a few, but the one that stands out happened during my stay in Papua New Guinea. The reason it stands out is because it was not the usual 10 second encounter, in fact, it lasted all night :( .

I was staying at the Karawari Lodge on the Karawari River, a tributary of the Sepik. I did all the things you are supposed to do before going to sleep, sprayed the room, sprayed the mosquito net, lit the mosquito coil, got inside, tucked the bottom of the net under the mattress, etc.. The problem began when I discovered I was NOT the only one INSIDE the net . Right above my head was a large, mean looking SPIDER. The real problem was with the super high ceilings there was no way for me to get to the top of the net, so we were stuck with each other for the night.

He (or she) kept going around in circles and everytime he'd reach a certain position he'd be directly above my face, upside down (me really hoping that whatever makes it possible for them to defy gravity and walk upside down would keep on working)! So I decided to sleep with my flashlight in order to keep an eye on him (kind of ruined my mood for a good, relaxing nights sleep). Eventually, after quite a long, miserable time, I fell asleep. I quickly woke up, turned on the flashlight to look up for him and he was not there...instead he was more than half way down and right next to my face. I freaked, he freaked, and he went right back up to the top of the net. Damn, if I'd just stayed asleep for a minute longer he probably would have been out of there! Instead the whole thing started again :( :( :( . Well I survived, it was not the highlight of my trip but I guess it goes with the territory.

PS--I wonder if he told similar story to his spider buddies the next day?

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Eeeew, your spider story is my worst nightmare!I have a pretty pink sparkly mosquito net in my bedroom at home (for aesthetic use only!!!) as Im always paranoid of spiders crawling over my face when Im asleep!However one night, settled into bed, just put fresh linen on my bed so it was all soft and cosy,inside my princess style net and low and behold there was a spider, quite a fat one running down the net!It was horrible!Getting very exciting for my forthcoming trip, however keep panicking about the snakes and spiders I may encounter!!!Im so bad at those sort of things!

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I love anything with four legs or less. Snakes are the end-all, be-all low maintanence pet! But you win!!, I loath spiders, and your story will probably give me nightmares tonight;)

When I was visiting a friend in California, I woke up before the family did..went to the kitchen and started making coffee...her little dogs were sniffing at something on the MULTI-patterned kitchen floor...so at first I couldn't make out what the hell they were so interested in. Naturally I bent down and was about 2 inches from a scorpion!! I grabbed a tiny tupperware container and caught the little bugger. She didn't believe me when she woke up and I told her about it, so I showed it to her and she freaked out. She had been living there for about 20 years and didn't even know they lived in the area. I of course brought it home in my back pack (security never seemed to see it on the xray;)) so the kids could see it,and we kept it for almost a year before it died.

I have also run into a few rattle snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and black widows in Arizona, but I have been told they are as common as mosquitos in Michigan:)

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

In Manzanillo, Mexico - a very large, beautiful tarantula and I shared the same stall in the ladie's room. I introduced myself, but he/she just stared at my feet. I carried on a conversation with it (one-sided, of course) as it would venture out a few steps, then move back to it's corner. I said good bye and left it to it's hunting.

Antigua - at the resort we where we were staying the small tarantulas would come out at night and sit on the sidewalks. Most would scurry away as they sensed our movements, but not all. You had to watch where you walked so you didn't step on them or the chameleons.

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Twinkle

Eeeew, your spider story is my worst nightmare!I have a pretty pink sparkly mosquito net in my bedroom at home (for aesthetic use only!!!) as Im always paranoid of spiders crawling over my face when Im asleep!However one night, settled into bed, just put fresh linen on my bed so it was all soft and cosy,inside my princess style net and low and behold there was a spider, quite a fat one running down the net!It was horrible!Getting very exciting for my forthcoming trip, however keep panicking about the snakes and spiders I may encounter!!!Im so bad at those sort of things!

Hi Twinkle,

Just a quick tip for you. If you have a Lizard, or Lizards, in your room, remember they're your friend! Be nice to them because Lazards eat all those "creepy, crawly things" that may also be sharing your room.

Hope that's comforting .

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Twinkly - Travel100 is correct about the little lizard guys! They love bugs - especially mosquitoes and such.

On one vacation with my dad and my husband, mosquitoes were a very big problem. Mr. Isa and I would wake in the morning and compare the mosq. bite counts. My dad, who had a small chameleon take up residence in his luggage, spent most nights bite free. We did have to make sure the chameleon found new living quarters before we closed up the suitcases. We didn't think he/she would appreciate Minnesota in December (where my dad lived).

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey Cupcake,

When I was in namibia I saw a foot-long Millipede. Is that too many legs for you?

At least he was outside and in Namibia where he belonged. But I must say it was quite ugly!

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

You know...that visual will haunt me as I start to fall asleep tonight;)

10. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Got bitten by a mozi in China, on the side of my nose that swelled rigtht up. Every late may i get the red mark back