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

I have to ask Matt...what is a mozi?

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

Sorry ;) Mosquito.
Bloody cockney!

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

Ha! I have never heard them called that;)
Just skeeters or skeetos..
(I swear I learn something new everyday on TP!)

14. Posted by Peter (Admin 5909 posts) 11y

I was sitting watching tv one night a few months back when I noticed a spider halfway up my leg! I promptly killed it and went to check what it was.. a white-tail by the looks of it - known to cause life-long rashes when they bite. And yes, they live indoors!

Snakes aren't really 'bugs', but once when I was rockclimbing with my brother in law a brown snake fell off a rock and onto his feet. He fell backwards in my direction. I thought he just fell, so tried to straighten him up before he yelled 'snake'. Thankfully, the snake seemed as scared as us! And those brown snakes are supposedly quite lethal.

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

See Pete, if you would watch the "Croc Hunter", you'd know exactly what type of deadly brown snake it was! (And how long you and your friend would have writhed in pain after the bites.)

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 5909 posts) 11y

My guess is the common brown snake - a nasty piece of work. But all these 'brown' snakes are kind of hard to tell from one another.

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

There is something rather unnerving about living where the deadliest guys blend in so well with the leaf litter... Seriously, nice snake page, Pete. Thanks! (And, make that your brother-in-law - my mistake. Though you're probably friends too if your climbing together.)

18. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hi Travel100,

When I was in Germany, there were some pretty grewsome spiders, as big as a dinner plate! They would climb up the walls, make cobwebs . . . At my Bible School, we "had," more like volunteered, to help with some of the cleaning. So I was outside, cleaning, with a bucket of water, a cloth and something long, on a step ladder, cobwebs out of the window sills. It was so gross. I nearly had it in my hair! And one window was so full that I think a spider crawled right over me . ... ... ewwwww. I didn't want to believe it at first. At least, it did not bite me, or anything.



19. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

When I was in Germany, there were some pretty grewsome spiders, as big as a dinner plate!

Hi Steph,

wow, I wasn't aware we have spiders as big as dinner plates in Germany.
Thankfully I haven't encountered one of those yet, but I was sharing a beach hut in Tulum/Mexico with a couple of cockroaches. They always came out when it was dark, slowly creeping around the room. One night, a beast made into my sleeping bag which really freaked me out, so I decided to put up my hammock outside on two trees standing way too close to each other.
I rather slept like an embryo, totally uncomfortable than sharing my bed with cockroaches.

By the way, what's the best way to get rid off them? I have heard you shouldn't kill them with shoes, magazines, etc., as you can carry their eggs with you:

20. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

This isn't really a creepy bug story as much as just an unusual bug story.

I was staying the Kibo Hotel in Marangu, Tanzania. The first night I went to sleep, but soon heard a buzzing sound. I turned back on the light to find a large fly buzzing around my room. I grabbed the closest thing (the gideon bible) and started chasing the fly. Unfortunately, the Kibo Hotel has 15 foot ceilings, so I was no where near being able to hit the bugger. After a 10 minute exhausting chase, I had to give up.

"Alright, Mr. Fly, here's the deal," I said, watching the fly who had settled on the ceiling above my bed, "I am going to sleep, you go to sleep too, and we will continue this in the morning."

Amazingly, it worked. I woke up in the morning, and the fly was still in the same spot as the night before. When he heard me stir, he flew straight for the door and landed on the floor in front of it. I walked over, opened the door, and he flew out.

Never thought I had the power to influence the actions of insects, but maybe I do. It's an odd super power, to be sure.