Joel and I were taking a shower the other day. I had my hair all lathered up and my eyes closed to keep the soap out of them, and he tells me “don’t move” in a very serious but quiet voice. “OK, you can dry your eyes and open them, but don’t touch the shower curtain.” So, I dry my eyes and look at the shower curtain, and this is what I see.
It’s not the greatest picture, but Joel had dashed out for the camera and a bucket while I kept an eye on our friend (who seemed as stunned as we were and remained immobile). I quickly snapped a couple photos before retreating to the other side of the curtain so Joel could knock him into the bucket.
We don’t see scorpions very often but we have had a few in the house. Hopefully, with normal precautions, we won’t find out what a sting feels like.
We actually have very few problems with bugs and critters here. In a year and a half, I have been stung by one little wasp who must have been on a lemon I was picking. I get bitten by ants but that’s my own fault for getting in their way when I’m working in the yard. I have had a few somethings that I believe are chiggers, and I’m trying to think if I have had any mosquito bites. The bugs here seem very mellow and non aggressive, quite different than Florida or anywhere else I’ve lived in the US. I remember being driven indoors by mosquitoes as soon as the sun got low in the sky, but that doesn’t happen here.
Still though, it pays to be aware of the wildlife. Don’t poke your hands into places you can’t see. Use a tool instead, and wear gloves. Shake out clothes and shoes before you put them on, and don’t let your bedding drag on the floor. Wildlife doesn’t want to see you any more than you want to see it, but anything will defend itself if it can’t flee.
I love bugs and critters. I try to be cautious and sensible but I’m not afraid of them. The scorpions look so strange and exotic though, and they have always been portrayed as something to be feared. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about them. In a way I’m excited to see such an interesting creature, but I’d also be OK if they didn’t visit us in the house.
But, since they are here, maybe the next time I’ll be calmer so I can slow down and get some decent photos. It would also help if I wasn’t wet and soapy.
P.S. This scorpion was tossed over the fence into the woods where hopefully he will finish his days free of human encounters and more time in a bucket.