I still shiver at the thought

Last night as I was trying to fall asleep, I kept hearing this buzzing and clanking noise near our bathroom window. Max said it was probably june bugs, which wasn't reassuring enough for me to fall asleep right away. Plus, shouldn't june bugs be gone already? I mean, it's practically August....

One june bug, I can handle. Swarms of them? Not so much.

When we were in Costa Rica many years ago, we decided to take a little overnight trip to Tortuego. We got there by boat, winding through little channels of water surrounding several small islands. Our "hotel" (and I use the term loosely!) was on one such little island. As we were getting off the boat, some tourists were just leaving to get on our boat. One lady told us how one night the hotel staff turned on the lights inside the pool to divert the swarms of june bugs away from the communal areas. 

Because june bugs can't swim and are attracted to light, the staff ended up collecting FORTY trash bags full of dead bugs the next morning.

Unfortunately, all of the june bugs didn't die in the Great Drowning of 2003. Swarms of them were still hanging out, just waiting to pounce on squeamish tourists like myself. We had to walk through a cloud of them to get from our hotel room to the dining area... Even though we ran for it, I still had pick out june bugs from my hair.

Or rather, Max had to pick some out of my hair while I screamed and tried not to jump up and down.

14 comments:

Sheri Carpetenter said...

Stopping by from SITS.

OMG I hate bugs of any kind. I run from everything.I could not have handled anything at all like that I think it would have traumatized me for life lol.

Hope you have an awesome weekend.

malia said...

ick! i've never seen those buggers before

Kenzie said...

Yuck! We have some huge beetley things flying around here too, they run in the windows and make big thumping noises, it always freaks me out!

citymouse said...

Stopping by from SITS...

I can handle the lone bug here and there but anything en masse gives me the willies.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

That is the creepiest thing ever. I really hate bugs and spiders. I totally would have been jumping while Hubs picked bugs from my hair. Yuck!

Funsucker Extraordinaire said...

Oh how I hate Junebugs!! I would never have lasted on that vacation. Glad you got out alive!

Shirley said...

I'm all squirmy just thinking about it. Totally understand you're screaming while getting bugs pulled out of your hair. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Mrs. Fine said...

Eek...I tend to not like insects or rodents. I was thinking maybe I could do small insect but ants give me the creeps too!! I'm glad you survived the vacation!! ;)

Mama Kat said...

Ewwww!! I would have absolutely freaked out with bugs in my hair like that!!

Kirsten said...

Good lord those are some big bugs! I can relate a bit with the palmetto bugs we get in Florida. They make me shiver too!

Rebekah said...

That is the worst. I can hardly believe they got 40 bags of them. SICK!!!

Sherri said...

Ugh!! That would NOT have been a fun experience for me.....

Sharlene T. said...

Wow! 40 bags!... that's alot of June bugs... glad to see you made it through the army 8-P come visit when you can...

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Maranda said...

LOL!!! That's pretty much exactly how I react around any type of bugs. But june bugs are especially horrifying. That sounds like an intense experience. Yikes!

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