Today I took the children out to play. I had to check the yard and porch for black widow webs and the spiders themselves, removing the webs as much as I can. This is normal when the weather warms up here. It gets tiring of nobody being able to go out to play until I have made sure everything is "safe", but it's something I have had to adjust to.
Then, when we came inside, one of my daughters alerted me to a bug speeding across the floor. A good old friend, the wind scorpion.
It's actually not a scorpion at all, but a spider. It gets its name because of its resemblance to a scorpion, and because it, well, runs like the wind. Its bite will not kill you, but is extremely painful, as they have four jaws. Horrid. I would show you a picture but you might get nightmares. Thankfully, this one was a baby, so I smashed it with my shoe before it could get away. Much better than having it run over my foot by surprise (I've had that happen--I jumped up on the couch that time). I spread fresh cedar granules in the house to build up our defense (hopefully).
But that's not all. Just a few minutes ago I went into the kitchen and found a surprise. Can you guess what it was?
Yes, a black widow. In the kitchen. Me. Not happy. I quickly grabbed some natural bug spray we have and squirt her. She quickly ran away, but I am hoping the spray took its deadly effect on her. I am glad we have found a spray that is not a harmful neurotoxin, but we are almost out so I hope we can get more soon.
What I am really, really dreading is the scorpions. Yes, that too. I have found them in our house in previous years...But thankfully, I have never been stung, nor have the children. Oh, I am so thankful for that. I am always the one who finds them for some reason! They must like my feet.
Oh, fall cannot come soon enough. I hope your warm weather is doing you better than it is me! And if you know of any natural remedies to keep black widows away, please let me know!
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