Monday, November 24, 2008

The Critters are BIGGER in Texas!

I have had to get used to living with a few unwelcome guests in the last couple of months. I try to take pictures when I come across them, so that I can share them with y'all, and y'all can be creeped out as well!

I often find these little friends scurrying across my kitchen floor and I am starting to become a tad obsessive about vacuuming my house in an effort to reduce my encounters with them.

Geckos are everywhere here! They like to sneak into our house and they often run and hide faster than we can catch them. I like to think that the ones that are living with us are enjoying some of the above spiders.

A couple of months ago I woke up to find thousands of small "Army Worms" covering our back porch, it was like nothing I had ever seen. I was totally CREEPED out! A couple of hours later I saw these black birds all over our lawn in the front and back, they were making a meal out of the visitors. We later learned from our neighbor that the worms come every few years and eat people's lawns, just wiping them out. Even though we had the birds come to eat the worms, our grass still suffered and turned brown. We are told that our grass should make a comeback next Spring. I sure hope so!

In addition to the above critters we have fire ants, snakes, and a cute little frog that lives in our yard. I do have to say that Jeff did warn me about all of the animals/bugs in Texas. After we found out that we were moving to Dallas he said "Oh, by the way, Texas has the most venomous snakes in North America, fire ants, and all kinds of other creatures."...Thanks Jeff!


Beth said...

AGhhhh! I think I would be very obsessive about cleaning too if I had to deal with all those nasty things. I feel the same way when we go visit Roy's family in Florida...huge spiders and roaches everywhere....nasty!!! Gives me the willy's just thinking about them.

Maren said...

I second that AUGGGHHHHH! That first spider --augghhhh!
The cicadas are a close second when it's their time to come and play. Shudder.

Cody and Lindz said...

Yuck! I cannot stand creepy crawly critters! I think I would call the professionals to come spray! Are you guys coming to Utah anytime soon?