I live on a ranch in Texas and so am confronted with more than my fair share of critters getting into the house. Luckily, I’m not the skittish type (except when it comes to rodents, and it’s still early in the year to be seeing them in the house, yet) but my nerves are starting to get a little raw.
One night in August, I was snugly in bed when I woke up a little because something was making my forehead itch. Thinking it was just my hair, I reached up to push it back. Well, it wasn’t my hair…it was a scorpion! On my face! While I was sleeping! That got stuck in my hair when I pushed him! I was trying to get him unstuck when he stung me, of course, and my hand hurt and itched for the next three days.
A week later, another scorpion crawled up the back of my shirt and when I tried to free him, he stung my hand, too.
Last week alone, I squished six verrry pregnant spiders in my kitchen sending hundreds of spidelets all over the place. (When I was bent over cleaning up after the last one, I felt something drop down the back of my shorts. Turns out it was just a piece of laundry lint, but I had to drop my drawers and dance a jig in my kitchen to find that out.)
Later in the evening, I stepped outside and ran smack into an armadillo by the back door. In the near-darkness, it looked like a gigantic rat and I screeeeemed and jumped about 5 feet. The armadillo turned and scuttled away. They’re pretty fast when the want to be.
If you have any critter horror stories, please post them here. Let me know I don’t have it so bad after all.