Wednesday, May 28, 2008

insect update

i have moved away from a black widow's nest to a new house that i found holds a couple little black widows of its own, but nothing like the last spider's den.

the newest form of wildlife to plague my existence however is the amazing jumping spider, also known as the camel cricket or the cave cricket. it looks like a nice big thick bodied and legged spider but it JUMPS. 2 feet in the air from a standstill. i have killed three in my bathroom this week. i killed two with a flyswatter and i made nacho kill one. from a sound sleep in another room he rushed to my aid hearing "nacho! nacho! get him! get him nacho! he's jumping! right there! nacho get him! jumping!" and the friendly polar bear cub batted at the cave cricket with his paw and off came a couple cave cricket legs and nacho looked at me like 'this is not food' and that was pretty much the end. i realize the wallpaper looks like a butterfly bamboo forest but it is not acceptable place for jumping insects to live.



10 comments:

Omnibus said...

You are not alone in this. My crawlspace is infested with these curious critters.

Omnibus said...

You are not alone in this. My crawlspace is infested with these curious critters.

Omnibus said...

You are not alone in this. My crawlspace is infested with these curious critters.

Omnibus said...

Oh jesus what happened. I really am the redudancy king...

skippy haha said...

look at what time it was.

skippy haha said...

it might not show the same in all timezones, but my computer has them at 420, 420, 421 and 421, even though it was really 520 east coast time...so my computer is on central time maybe...do they show 420 everywhere? my brain has the shell on it...

skippy haha said...

maybe called a camel cricket because of its hump, which is how spanish-speakers might pronounce jump.

Anonymous said...

Asheville seems to be scary buggy

jason said...

I see 'um as 420... :)

My house in VA was pretty much infested with those... and my Lab would help out by clumsily trying to sniff them, which would in effect, smoosh them in to the carpet. But they ARE pretty resilient and nasty... They would make a pretty disgusting *thwack* when they would jump into the paneling walls of our den. My roommate called them Camel Hoppers.

skippy haha said...

jason i know that disgusting thwack!

yes asheville has a lot of bugs. smoky mountains, full of wildlife.