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Monday, November 26, 2012

MY HERO!!


(I was going to call this OF MICE AND MEN, but John Steinbeck stole that title from me when I was 3 years old.)

My husband is a very brave man who loves me very much.  I’m sure that he would run into a burning building to rescue me.  Or climb the highest mountain or even swim the deepest ocean for me, should that become necessary.  He would fight off the slimiest monsters.  Or, maybe not.  He doesn’t do real well with creepy crawlers.  Maybe that’s because of all those years he spent living in the jungle, Tarzanesque.  (He’s actually never said a word to me about being raised in the jungle, but I know he must have been.  Where else would he have learned his table manners?)
 

This brings us to the question, so what?  I’ve told you that we used to have a condo on Maui.  Many people, ourselves included, consider Maui to be a paradise on earth.  Unfortunately, many 4, 8 or even more-legged creatures share that opinion.   (There are no snakes in Hawaii, though--not even at the zoo.)  When a sugar cane field is burned at harvest time, it leaves a lot of homeless field mice who decide to bunk with you—just until they can find another apartment.  (I have to admit they were sort of cute when their little paws & noses would suddenly appear over the top of the drapes, like a tiny, furry Kilroy.)  He had no problem getting rid of those.  He would have ME bait & set a trap & when WE caught one, he would tell ONE OF OUR SONS to take it outside & throw it in the trash.   He WOULD kill cockroaches for me, though!

Bud was on Oahu studying to take the Hawaii Bar Exam when I flew over from Maui to visit him for a few days.  I left our kids with my sister-in-law & her 3 kids.  Right after I left, a nearby cane field was burned & in came our new “tenants”.  Nat didn’t have the heart to kill them—she cries at Walt Disney movies—so she had my boys trap them under a glass, take them outside & release them.  That didn’t work.  They came back in.  Where did she think they were before they came into our house the first time?


They're not much bigger than this:

Millipedes were another story.  This is the foolproof method he devised to get rid of those 6" intruders.  He would yell, "Fran!  There's a millipede on the ceiling!!"  They seemed to like to hang out (literally) right over our bed.  I would come running in with my stun gun (can of hairspray) & zap the uninvited guest.  If you keep pressing down on the lever until you've painted them white, they die & fall off the ceiling.  Then I would pick them up & dispose of them.

I have NO idea how they get
all those little shoes on!

We once stayed at a resort whose name I can't remember on an island I can't remember.  It may have been Kona Village, but I'm not sure.  It was in a beautiful lagoon & the "rooms" were individual one-room huts with grass thatched roofs.  There were only two ways of getting there--boat or plane.  Meals were served in the "longroom"--a dining hall.  Everyone was warm & friendly & it was very picturesque.  I loved it--until we went to bed.  It felt like there were thousands of 2" kamikaze pilots on maneuvers.  There was no insect spray in our hut so I went to the office to borrow some.  They said I shouldn't kill the insects--that they were our friends.  I told them I was all grown up & old enough to choose my own friends.  We didn't stay there for very long.


These invasions were not limited to the tropics.  We were in a beautiful old hotel--I think it was in Austria.  They had lovely sheer lace curtains & a fluffy feather comforter.  The only  thing they didn't have that I would have liked was window screens.  The bellman showed us to our room, turned on the lights & then I opened the window to air it out.  We went out to dinner almost immediately, leaving the room as it was.  When we came back the comforter & the curtains had a thick coating of insects.  I don't know where they came from--we didn't see any outside.  I don't remember, but I think they must have moved us to a different room.

I'm really not complaining.  Bud is every bit as brave as I need him to be.  He hired a service that sprays our home monthly for bugs!








         This video doesn't really fit in with the "My Hero" theme, but I loved it & had to show it to you.  I bet there's not a live bug anywhere on the floor when they're through!!
How do you avoid infection from biting insects?  That's easy--don't bite them!----fishducky

  
  



24 comments:

  1. I was very nervous about cane spiders in Hawaii as I've heard they are massive! A friend of mine and I did a 3 island hop in Hawaii visiting Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. In Maui we did the drive up to Hana and stayed the night in the Hotel Hana Maui, which was our most expensive hotel of the trip. We were driven to our gorgeous room in a golf cart by a young guy who worked there and he mentioned that the rooms had no air conditioning, no tv's, and no radios as the hotel wanted to be more 'one with nature' or some sort of malarky. I asked him about cane spiders coming in the open windows of the rooms and he mentioned that he had one living in his house that ate the bugs for him...and it was the size of his face!! As luxurious as our room and beds were, I slept terribly!

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  2. FROM MELYNDA:

    I stinking hate bugs! I'm with Bud on this one. I don't get freaked out by them as long as they are not in my bed but I don't like them. It could have something to do with the fact that our first two houses in New Mexico were infected with cockroaches... I had no idea until I got up one night and turned the light one. Hundreds of them scurried off into the unknown.. I called the landlord and he said they weren't hurting anything. To just leave them alone. Needless to say I didn't live there long.

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  3. Dear Fishducky, I don't like spiders--despite always enjoying "Charlotte's Web"--nor snakes nor centipedes. Well, I'm just not attracted to insects. And yet I know we need them on our planet--bats have to have mosquitoes to eat and survive! But please keep those creepy crawlies out of the house. The cats do a good job of letting mice know they're not welcome here. It's those chiggers in the summer who attack me each time I go out in the yard. Their bites really itch. Peace.

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    1. That's why God gave us calamine lotion--& "Off"!!

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  4. My body temperature is slightly warmer than the average person so whenever there's a picnic or outside gathering I'M the one the bugs go after. Lucky me.

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    1. Funny -- my body temp is low and bugs think I'm a moveable feast.

      Love,
      Janie

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    2. Apparently, some of us are REALLY tasty!!

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    1. Heaven knows it's not easy to love a dung beetle!!

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  6. Not a fan of bugs...nope, I'm not. Squashing pests is so much easier than divorcing them I've learned. :)

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    1. C'mon, Steph--tell us what you REALLY think!!

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    2. I hate mice even more than I hate bugs. We had a bazillion mice when we lived in Illinois. The first time I found one in the pantry, I ran into the bathroom down the hall and stood on the toilet, screaming. Dr. X grabbed the first thing he saw -- a roll of paper towels -- and used it to batter the mouse to death. Life went downhill from there as the mice vowed to take revenge on us for the death of their family member.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. Maybe if you'd sat shiva for him...assuming the mouse was Jewish!

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  7. Our son lives in Hawaii. He was tired of ants invading his little apartment all the time. I then advised him to rinse even the disposable food containers before he puts them in the garbage and be careful when he opens his windows.
    He now makes sure that the screens are tight and in place before he opens his windows. He is now using real plates as he does not see any point in using paper plates if he has to rinse them anyway.

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    1. We couldn't leave ANYTHING on the sink in Hawaii!!

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  8. I can deal with mice, but not insects - and our Scottish insects are relatively small, although the Midge is ferocious... Jo

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    1. I've never had to deal with those--nor do I want to!!

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  9. I'll take bugs and mice any day over snakes, that's why I would love to move to Maui. When we were there, we were so jazzed there were no snakes, then a gain, I live in the desert and there are plenty of snakes here. Most of them are poisonous too, so I'll take a spider any day, cause I can squash him like a bug...lol. :)

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    1. I have NO desire to move to Australia, either, because I understand it's full of poisonous snakes & bugs!!

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  10. Bugs and I are not simpatico...not in the very least. I could never live where they had all those creepy crawly creatures. My bug tolerance level is very low. I love mice (and small lizards), but I don't want to share my home with them because mice chew everything up and poop everywhere. I would rather catch and release and feel badly about having to kill them...but bugs...very little guilt at all. ;)

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    1. There are MANY who would absolve you of all guilt, my child!

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