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Day 96: My Creepy Adventures in Oz

Day 96:  Me & Pet Walking Stick

Day 96: Me & Pet Walking Stick

If Australia were a perfect place, it would be swarming with the ever so adorable rock wallaby, and maybe some koalas and kangaroos to even it out. I would also enjoy a couple of sugar gliders in every tree, as well as quokkas in my backyard. I wouldn’t even mind those terrifyingly large flying foxes that plague the trees of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens.

That would be a perfect Australia.

Instead, I am often left with the willies as I encounter some of those things in Australia that make your skin crawl. Overall, I’ve been lucky and not encountered too many of the items on that list, but bugs, man, they really just bug me. My weird bug experiences in Oz have been totally uncool.

You did read about the huntsman spider tormenting us on our drives, right?

What about the time I came home to an elephant weevil (a wha?) on my TV antenna?

Or, the time I ran into a foot-long walking stick (the insect) by my mailbox?

Just the other day over in Perth, I ran into my very first redback spider, which even though kind of excited me, it also creeped me out.

About a month ago, a lovely little praying mantis set up shop for the day on my apartment’s doorbell, when a few nights earlier one was found down in the parking lot.

And this week, I apparently have a new walking stick pet that is hanging out near my front door.

About once a week, I’m out in my hallway with a dustpan scooping up some little black centipede bugs and throwing them back outside. And, with it being Oz, there is definitely the occasional cockroach or two wandering around.

I deal with bugs on a regular basis in Australia, and they seriously creep me out.


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4 Responses to Day 96: My Creepy Adventures in Oz

  1. Rachael April 8, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    Seriously, I thought I hated bugs before I went to Oz but I had no idea! Our first apartment in Sydney was INFESTED with cockroaches. We literally pulled our bed out into the middle of the room, surrounded it with roach traps and a thick line of bug killing spray, and huddled in fear all night. For weeks. None of the roach sprays or traps seemed to be able to kill them all off. I was so happy when we found a new apartment that was 99% bug free.

    Then Western Australia was like a whole new world which the bugs ruled. Driving north of Perth, it was like the earth and sky was filled with flies, dragonflies and grasshoppers (whose dead bodies covered the entire front of our van). Then at night a million new bugs I’d never seen before came out and tried to penetrate the fortress of our van. And then there were the big green biting sand flies… my new mortal enemies.

    • Brooke April 8, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Ughghgh cockroaches!

    • Brooke April 10, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Sand flies are awful!!!! Wait until you read my next post… you’ll see why they now scare me more than ever.

  2. DanielW April 8, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I think you should invest in some Doom – I saw it when I was in South Africa and all the locals had one nearby ready to nuke any unwanted guests. You may like it made me chuckle. 🙂

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