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

Quoting samsara2

What's going to happen me in places like South America and SE Asia....!!!

You mean where the moths are the size of small birds???

52. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I was working on a coffee farm (whoofing)outside Mareeba, in the Atherton Tablelands in Northern Queensland, Australia. There were actually numerous "bug stories" to come out of this little venture, but the best one involves me working out in the fields with a giant cane knife. Having grown up with lots of wildlife, but very little in terms of "8-legged wildlife", I've never been fond of spiders and/or large insects. This particular area of the country was a true test for me. At any rate, they had me out in the fields chopping vines off of watering equipment using a rather large, flat blade cane knife. Minding my own business, I rather abruptly realized something was working its way up my leg. Looking down, I came to realize the tickling was coming from an ENORMOUS Royal Huntsman Spider. Without a thought, I took that huge knife and wacked at my leg. The woman running the farm thought I had completely lost my mind, but I was determined to get that bastard off of me, even if it meant getting the entire leg off of me. Luckily, the large flat blade worked well enough for swatting it away, but I did come darn close to being able to cash in on the insurance that comes with joining WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms) for a lost limb.

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

Maybe Samsara and Kristie should travel together. One can watch for the crawlies while the other watches out for flying things! Or maybe just take john7buck along - provided he brings his cane blade!

54. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 11y

Not many bug stories . . .mostly seem to be spiders and snakes!!

Worst thing I encountered was though dreaded bed bugs . .I know they are not exotic but you don't come across them much in England!!

ugh, just the thought of them having a bit as they wonder. I gave up counting on one arm, which I reach 80 plus bites!

Best thing for all other insects is Deet . . .buy it in Oz, only place they seem to sell it at a strength that works!!

Becky

PS Sorry not posted for such a long while, been unwhile (nothing to do with bugs!!)

55. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

the first time i visited my uncle in korea. he offered me one of the korean kids favorite snacks. it was a beon-de-gi, 번데기, or silkworm larvae type thing. i might have tried it out if it was fried... the way my mom use to eat them. she describes eating them like us kids eat popcorn. doesnt sound too bad. BUT my uncle had the canned worms and they were kind of slimy. i couldnt hold back my disgust and i feared they were going to force one down my throat so i ran away. eh, i was a baby. i should have tried it.

56. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Creepie-crawlies, slimy things, ants, spiders, beetles... none of them scare me. But, I am extremely afraid of the insects that STING. Primarily the ones that fly very quickly. I used to deliver pizza (south florida summers = windows down) and would frequently have a wasp come floating in front of my face or maybe sting me on the back of the neck while driving.

My last visit to Georgia ended with a sting to the lower back from a giant, red, menacing wasp. With its long legs dangling bellow it, it looked at least 3 inches tall!

57. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

... What's going to happen me in places like South America and SE Asia....!!! How am I going to get ANY sleep at all. I'll literally die of heart failure if I have to share my room with a cockroach for a night.

I sleep in my room that sometimes has geckos and cockroaches. (can't prevent it, they just come in to hide or pass by as they wish! ) My brother told me he once saw a cockroach crawling on me and my face when I was sleeping peacefully.

There's no point telling me I'm a big sissy girl and that majority of bugs are harmless really. THIS IS AN IRRATIONAL TERROR OF CREEPY CRAWLIES!! I can't help it.

Must... resist... calling... her...
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BIG SISSY GIRL! (sorry, can't help it! )

PLEASE can anyone tell me how to learn to coexist peacefully with these creatures, or effective methods of exterminating them without me actually getting within 50 feet of them!

Coexist? Don't bother about them.
Exterminate? Have a can of insect spray in your hand. (not 50ft though)

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

Quoting evakan

Creepie-crawlies, slimy things, ants, spiders, beetles... none of them scare me. But, I am extremely afraid of the insects that STING. Primarily the ones that fly very quickly. I used to deliver pizza (south florida summers = windows down) and would frequently have a wasp come floating in front of my face or maybe sting me on the back of the neck while driving.

My last visit to Georgia ended with a sting to the lower back from a giant, red, menacing wasp. With its long legs dangling bellow it, it looked at least 3 inches tall!

I hear ya Evakan! I was driving a moving van across country (2200 miles) and a wasps got into my shirt...stung me on the boobs and unfortunatly the swelling was NOT bilateral!! (dammit, that WOULD have been a silver lining! ;) ) I now hate anything with a stinger!

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