Welcome to The Scared of Bug Club: Initiation Step 1 #BugOut #sponsored

by Jenn

This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.

Welcome to the Scared of Bug Club! My two youngest daughters and I have a secret handshake and everything.  We take anyone else who is scared of bugs, but before we will teach you the secret handshake there are a few things you must do.  First, you must read this post totally and completely if you are scared of bugs it might be hard, but it’s something that one must know before they smash any little buggies!  I know, I know I don’t like them much either, BUT after reading world’s scariest bugs I learned how very important things about these spooky creatures.

I don’t like spiders, I know there is nothing to be scared of they can only kill you – no biggie right!  Geezer, my husband and I have this argument all the time.  When a Bee fly’s near me stand still – and what get stung NO THANKS!  Can you believe it?  Spiders are super scary, and some are killers, but what really makes them scary?  Seriously, after reading world’s scariest bugs it really made me start thinking about why I’m so scared of bugs.  Is it the legs, eyes, maybe the antennas?  Nope for me it’s the fact that they can crawl on me, and me not notice.  The fact that I don’t always think about getting a bug bite, and all those horror stories about people finding them in their beds.  There might be a different reason for you, and if you are like my oldest daughter you might be totally and completely head over heels for bugs.

Okay back to the article I recently read – the one about the spooky bugs…  Want to know a few things I learned?  I learned how thankful I am for people like my oldest daughter – who are interested by these creepy creatures, who have it in them to get close to them, who actually don’t smash them, scream and run, who actually take the time to study them so we know more about them.  I am extremely thankful for all the people at Orkin – that take the time to teach us Scared of Bug Club members that all these bugs have a place on our planet, whether they are safe, or we should fear them, or whether they are helpful to the environment.

The people at Orkin have been studying the creepy crawly creatures for 100 years, they have scientists that help ensure they keep science at the forefront of their work.  They study bugs, because the more we know about them, the better we are able to control them.  Like my oldest daughter the people at Orkin are so fascinated by the little buggies that they have created “The Ecologist” site, which is to celebrate science and uniqueness of bugs.  Which for bug lovers like my daughter is an amazing site, and for Scared of Bug Club members like myself it’s a great go to place to increase your fear of bugs, and become more and more thankful for those who are not in our club!

Check out a few EXTRA CREAPY bugs in the world:

In the article they talk about several SUPER scary bugs.  Did you know there was a Giant Japanese Hornet which are primarily found in Asia?  Yes the stinger is over half an inch long, they can fly great distances, decimate a 30,000 member honeybee colony in only a few hours, BUT per year there is only about 40 confirmed deaths from these giant bees.

I don’t know about you, but I am familiar with the Black Widow it’s one of the few poisons spiders we have here in New Mexico, but they should defiantly be feared.  The Brazilian wandering spider is a new one to me, but form what I read they have the most potent venom of all the spider species, and thankfully there are very few deaths caused by this South American spider.

Goliath Bird – eating Spider is a hair little guy, and reminds me of a tarantula, but MEAN! It’s huge, has lots of hair, eyes, legs, and inch-long fangs.  They look super scary, and I was surprised to learn that they are less toxic to us than a bee.

There is several other creepy crawlies that you can learn about.  Whether you are interested in bugs, or just interested on getting away from them it’s a great place to learn more.  Let’s face it whether you want to learn or run, it’s always nice to know what you are running from and why.

Yes, I am deathly afraid of bugs.  I honestly don’t like them one bit, but I do realize they are a very important part of our world, and that we need them for things to work properly.  My daughter on the other hand thinks there is not a mean bug in the world, and she will pick on me by showing me a spider that she found (yes she knows about them.

So my dear Scared of Bug Club Members how shall we handle this now?  I have been thinking of this day and night, Scream and Run – do not squash the buggies until you know more about them, and if you are not willing to learn more just run!

Be sure to swing by the Orkin Ecologist Website and read the world’s scariest bugs, it’s actually interested – even for a Scared of Bug Club Member.

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Shar October 14, 2013 - 5:23 pm
I'm glad I don't live in the southwest area...not just because of the bugs but because of the snakes. I can handle a few bugs and spiders but not snakes! My daughter is desperately afraid of earthworms....hmmm....but not bugs.
Renee Ashley Hanna October 15, 2013 - 2:03 am
This is an awesome review!!! I love to learn about new creatures. I live in Louisiana and we have some very dangerous ones here!!
lola October 15, 2013 - 5:58 am
Hate bugs, here we have lot cuccaraches
Lisa Chapman October 15, 2013 - 2:22 pm
Thankfully most bugs, spiders and snakes don't really scare me...except those nasty old big hissing cockroaches, those things give me the creeps, lol! get to be the one the kids all run to when they see one so I can "save them from it" ;-)
lisa October 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm
I will still be armed with my bug spray and fly swatter.Last summer we had the worst Black Widow infestation I've ever seen. You couldn't walk out to the porch without seeing them! I just got the shivers thinking about it.
Melissa Gonick October 17, 2013 - 12:41 am
I am super afraid of bugs but …my son on the other hand is quite different. He loves them
M.Clark October 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm
Scream and run, sounds like my mother!! I used to work in an entomology lab when I was an under grad. The professor that I worked for used to work with fruit flies which are not that bad, I don't think I could have worked in a lab with roaches or spiders.
M.Clark October 18, 2013 - 9:17 pm
Actually, it's the BIG Roaches that I am afraid of and the BIG spiders, actually I would probably be afraid of any large insect, the smaller they are the less I fear them.
wyndwhisper October 20, 2013 - 6:50 am
the ones i can't stand are ants and cockroaches. tammy ramey trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com
tiffany dover October 22, 2013 - 1:48 am
ughhhh I HATE bugs. They're gross and disgusting. I live in Arkansas and roaches are horrible here. Ants too. They find every little hole to get in to!
Paige Kelley October 23, 2013 - 3:42 pm
OMGosh, I can't believe I chose this post to comment on! I was okay until I ran into the spider picture! That is the biggest fear in my life. LOL I HATE spiders. I also do not like roaches but don't have to deal with them often. But spiders are everywhere!
lisa October 27, 2013 - 1:32 pm
I don't take any chances with bugs. If they invade my space they are dead. I have a different spray for each bug.
Stephen January 23, 2014 - 4:28 pm
That's a scary looking spider. Thanks for the info.

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