I am not a fan of bugs, reptiles or small furry creatures like mice, rats, etc. I am a lunatic when it comes to these things. I would scream if from the rooftops if I could.
I think it all began in college when I moved to FL and quickly became introduced to the likes of roaches and ants (all types of ants that I had no idea even existed.) We were warned by our soccer coach that running barefoot, even on our beautiful Bermuda grass field should be avoided if we knew what was good for us...not getting bit by red ants that would leave a gross zit like bite on our body. I also recall having the same roach lie on its back outside my freshman year dorm and squirm for a good 2 weeks before finally biting the bullet simply because there was no way I was going to touch it and as long as it stayed in that same spot and I could eye it...that was good enough for me.
My first apartment in college really drove into me my hatred of bugs. My parents were visiting and my entire closet became infested with sugar ants...gross!!!! I had ants in my clothes and all over everything. Needless to say I am not a fan of ants.
Fast forward to my life now, back in sunny Florida and back to ants, roaches, mice, rats, possums, iguanas, snakes and everything in between. We are lucky enough to live on a "lake." I put it in quotes because lakes in Florida are definitely not the fun swimming holes I am used to growing up in upstate New York. I would NEVER under any circumstance get into Florida lake due to the possibility of an alligator and mine especially because I believe it to be more of a run off type lake that could cause me to grow and extra toe or limb. This lake is beautiful on the eyes, but home to many things I would rather not have scurrying around my house...snakes, turtles, rats, mice, possums, etc, etc, etc. There are many mornings when a rather large rat will run past our back window. I see the same mouse down snacking around my orange tree and in the warmer months, I have fished snakes out of our pool and been sitting on the pool's edge and looked a few feet away to see a black racer just sun bathing. One afternoon while lying on my hammock I heard an unfamiliar noise and there was a snake right under the hammock.
We also have the same possum that I see do its morning workout of walking down the side of our yard, back by the lake and then many times walk right by our sliding glass door like we are in it's way. (and lucky for me a few months back there were possum babies too! JOY!) So, snakes...check, mice and rats...check, possums...check. What do we have left...of yes the mating iguanas that are shacking up in our tree. Don't get me wrong they are a beautiful shade of lime green, but who wants these things making babies 15 feet from their house? Not me!!! And finally there are the turtles. We had one bury itself 2 feet from our house, lay eggs and then proceed to stand on its hind legs and claw at our gate until Oz threw it into a recycle bin and toss it back to the lake.