Critters, Pests, and Creepy Crawlies – Oh My!

Living in the country, we see all kinds of pests and critters. My son is deathly afraid of spiders. My daughter is petrified of grasshoppers. My heart stops when I see a snake. We also have ticks, ants, field mice, wasps, raccoons, and these giant wood rats that I swear are going to carry off one of my cats one day!

I really need to crawl under the house and replace some insulation. I really, really don’t want to do it. I mean, we need the insulation to keep the floor warm in the winter but I am afraid something creepy-crawly is going to fall on me. I told my son I’d pay him if he crawled under the house and did it for me. All teenagers like money, right? Most times they are willing to do anything for money in their pockets. His first question was, ”Are there spiders?” I guess that means he isn’t interested.

Just the thought of having something creepy drop on me from the dark nether-regions of the “house cave” sends shivers up my spine! I guess I’ll have to work harder at finding another sucker willing to crawl under the house. Most likely, I’ll have to put my big-girl pants on and do it myself. Trust me, I really don’t want to do it!
This is where comes in. According to their website, one in five people surveyed fear pests. (Yep, count me in. ) At, they make it easy to find a licensed pest control professional near you. They also offer a pest guide with information on a few pests I’ve never even heard of – which is a good thing because I have enough to deal with here! As far as the insulation goes, I think I’ll let a pro handle the pests first, then I’ll feel better about crawling under the house.
Until next time,
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  • Andrea says:

    Hello from St. Louie. Stopping in from SITS. We live in the ‘burbs, but are no strangers to bugs as my husband is a hunter and often it’s my job to check him for ticks when he returns. It seems no matter how much bug spray he puts on — one of those little blood suckers finds a way to hitch a ride.

    • I hate being on “tick patrol”. I had to do that to my son every day for a few summers and I think he’s scarred for life!

      Happy Shrefest! Have a great weekend!

  • I live in the city but in a country setting. We have all kinds of critters. When we first moved into our house, a fixer upper, we had SNAKES in the house! We ended up with 3 snakes in the family room and 7 baby snakes in the laundry room in the basement. I HATE snakes so I wasn’t a happy camper. We fixed some problems and I haven’t seen any inside for a while. The rule is that if they stay outside where they belong, they can live. If they come in, well, most likely they’re gonna die! My husband likes snakes so he tends to catch and release them instead of killing them.
    We also have these weird bugs called House Centipedes. They are disgusting looking and really, really fast. Most of the time they stay in the basement but we did have one in the bathroom. I went in the get a drink in the middle of the night and it was in my cup. I was so freaked out! I was trying to catch and kill it by washing it down the sink but it wouldn’t go and it kept jumping towards me. That’s the last thing you need in the middle of the night.
    Visiting from SITS.

    • I have the same rule with snakes – If they don’t surprise me, they can stay! I’m not sure I’d be too happy with the House Centipedes!!
      Happy Sharefest! Have a great weekend!

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