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Creepy Crawlies #BugOut

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I don't know about you, but I really can't stand creepy crawlies.  There are some bugs that creep me out, some that freak me out, and some that downright scare me.  Spiders, for example, scare me.

hobo spiderWhy, then, would I allow what I consider to be one of the world’s scariest bugs to exist in my yard?

Well, for starters, I am a homeschool mom.  Things that would have been power washed or swept away in years past are now lessons in science, nature, and ecology. 

Don't get me wrong.  Mister Spider causes me to #BugOut nearly everytime I see him.  My heart races, and I feel compelled to run. very. fast. and. shriek. like. a. kid.

Did you know that the Orkin Ecologist lists the top ten bug phobias known to man, and that Mister Spider (arachnaphobia) tops the list?  Yup.  Seems I am not the only one that wants to scream bloody murder when the eight legged nemesis moves at lightning speed toward me.  Eeek! 

Of course, Orkin has spent 100 years studying insects– they evey have scientists on staff to make sure they stay on top of their game in their work–  Goliath Bird Eating Spiderand know that understanding insects is crucial to developing the best methods of pest control.  They wanted to share the wealth of their knowledge, so they set up The Ecologist.  The Ecologist celebrates the unique nature of insects and educates visitors about the importance of the insects in our ecology as well as which ones to be wary of.

<–My visit to The Ecologist brought this big guy to my screen… which is the only place I'm comfortable seeing him.  OH MY! 

(image credit: The Worlds Scariest and Deadliest Insects)

Seriously, though, the Orkin Ecologist site is a great educational resource and I'll be using it in our homeschool science lessons on insects. 

It was to Orkin that I turned when I first heard that my little nemesis Mister Spider was a Hobo Spider and that he was not only aggresive but also poisonous.  It turns out that is a misnomer.  They usually defend themselves only when provoked or threatened and are not considered a medically threatening spider, contrary to popular belief.  That is fortunate for Mister Spider, because it allowed him to live. 

Check out Orkin on Pinterest and follow The Orkin Ecologist on Facebook to learn more about the creep crawlies that bug you out the most.  You may just find that they aren't so bad after all!

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Mary Schuh says:

    You’re definitely not the only one afraid of spiders! Finding one in the shower (when you’re in it) is the absolute worst! I’ve seen pictures of moms who find spiders (and other creepy crawlies) in their cloth diapers!! Eek!

    • Mary- the spider in the diaper is one of the reasons that if/when I line dry my diapers, they are dried INSIDE and not outside. No way I want one crawling on my hand when I am trying to do a quick diaper change. Worse yet, one crawling on my baby! OH NOES! LOL

  2. Betty Baez says:

    Oh my goodness even just looking and reading its giving me the heebie jeebies! I HATE spiders i cleaned up my outside area a few weeks ago and found a huge one i threw out the entire piece of wood because of him. I had no idea there was a bird eating spider now im even more scared!

  3. In my last house, I promise you could hear the spiders stomping down the hallway. I called them T-rex spiders. I had never used a pet service before, but when I saw those, I called immediately. Especially with a baby! One time, we refinished our bathtub and had to leave for a few days until the fumes cleared. Don’t you know what we found stuck in the new paint when we returned!

  4. Creepy….but interesting! We have a lot of spiders near us, but we like them because they keep bugs away. 🙂

  5. They are creepy crawlies that I’m super afraid. I think I have phobia, just like with snakes. However I did see a few very beautiful tarantulas now and then in photos, so I can appreciate their beauty – and I know they’re quite useful too by eating bugs, roaches and mosquitoes (sadly they’re still not my favorite animal – been bitten by spiders one too many times, lol).

  6. Elisebet F says:

    I didn’t know they have scientists on their staff, but that makes sense. I also can’t stand spiders…I once trapped one under an upside down vase for a few days until the apartment bug guy came to spray! He got rid of it for me, hahah.

  7. Seeing those bugs up close totally freak me out. lol. As my son might say…creepin his eyes out. 🙂

  8. Sherrie Woosley says:

    My brother has arachnaphobia! I’ll have to check out the site for him 🙂 Maybe he’ll change his mind about them.

  9. I am terrified of them. I run and scream it is really hilarious. The pictures in this post really have me freaked out a bit.

  10. Those bullet ants look serious. I am not a fan of creepy crawlies either. Within the last two week we have had three yellow jackets in the house and I felt like She Ra when I defeated them. My sister had an issue with earwigs a couple years ago and Orkin came to their rescue. 🙂

  11. I have to check out Orkin’s website now! I don’t care for spiders but after living in a house for 3 years that collected and multiplied them I can definitely handle them.

  12. Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing post. It is very informative and I am sure a lot of people will benefit from it. Good job!