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Which of these insects creeps you out the most?

Response Percent Votes
Cockroaches
 
30% 168
Spiders
 
28% 158
Ticks
 
24% 132
Chiggers
 
4% 24
Insects don’t bother me
 
4% 23
Bees
 
2% 11
Mosquitoes
 
2% 11
None of the above
 
1% 10
Ants
 
1% 6
Flies
 
0% 3
Total 546

Comments

Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

Great stories, everyone.Horse flies bite hard! The memory made me think "snapping turtle", which of course would be worse, but I think you get the idea.nota, I have an old navy bud out at Virginia Beach, and your story was perfect for them too. Too many stories for here.Knew someone bit by an earwig once, that was a nasty sore.

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BalkansHawk 5 years, 11 months ago

"I swallowed a bee in my beer once and the little sucker stung my throat::::ouch."I once had a spider somehow fall on my beer and it bit my lip when I was taking a drink. Speaking of beer, fruit flies are a real pain to get rid of. My favorite watering hole in Lawrence once had a problem with these annoying little creatures, especially in the men's latrine. We called them pecker gnats.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Many years ago, a friend who was in the Navy asked us to drive down to Virginia Beach and bring his girlfriend so he could see her before he shipped out. It was a holiday weekend, and he couldn't get us a hotel at the last minute, so he found us a campsite in Chesapeake, right across from the Great Dismal Swamp.I have never seen so many deer flies in one spot in my life. Any time one of us would get in or out of the tent, just with the door unzipped long enough for them to go through, we'd spend ten minutes killing the suckers. By the third day, there'd be one on someone's arm or leg, with blood running down, and we didn't even bother swatting them, we got so used to it. On the morning we were leaving, they were all mysteriously gone.Then we found the answer to the mystery - horse flies. The deer flies were either scared of them, or being swallowed whole by them. The only good thing about the horse flies is they were big enough to see them coming from quite a distance. Either there'd be a huge shadow on the ground approaching, or you'd see a shape the size of an A-6 Intruder coming over the treeline. You wouldn't believe how fast we could actually pack a tent and get in the car. There was one sitting on the dashboard staring at us - we thought of trying to swat it, but figured it would be really dangerous if we wounded it.Maybe they don't 'creep' me out, but I was pretty sure they would bleed me out by the time we left.

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MelKay 5 years, 11 months ago

I swallowed a bee in my beer once and the little sucker stung my throat............ouch. Yet, I'd have to go with spiders.

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sharper 5 years, 11 months ago

Multidisciplinary: if I could get near to a live June Bug without freaking out, I would. I can only get close to them when they're dead, and I don't like to get near them then either. Although I liked how you called 'em "land turtles." And Pywacket, I know that they're harmless. But I just have an irrational phobia of June bugs. There's no logic to it at all (which is again why my husband teases me about it). Urgh. Just THINKING about a June bug can cause me to shudder. Totally lame.

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Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

Schula and Hawklet~ By "locust," I suspect you mean "cicada," which is not a locust at all. I think cicadas, with all their noise and ugliness, are actually pretty cool, so I'm always advocating for them! ;-)Locusts, on the other hand, are grasshoppers--voracious, mindless, crop-destroying machines that travel in bands of thousands. Those, I hate.June bug haters~ I was scared of them as a child, too. My mom actually told me that they would bite (she assumed they would). Once I realized they were harmless, I no longer feared them. Now they just bug me because their nasty little grubs are chewing the grass roots in my lawn... I do LOVE to hear them crunch underfoot. Every time I crunch one, I figure I'm ridding the planet of a few thousand potential june bug grubs, so I feel very virtuous!

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Das_Ubermime 5 years, 11 months ago

"PS. anyone know what the heck is smacking on my doors and windows lately?So large sounding, it sounds like when a robin or sparrow that thinks it can get in! At night!"Most likely a type of silkworm moth such as the Cecropia moth or the Luna moth. These are large moths (3-6" wingspan) and are dumb as a brick. They are fairly common in the area and are found primarily in May and very early June. Adults do not have mouthparts and will die shortly after mating/depositing eggs.

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Nikki May 5 years, 11 months ago

Bugs is a specific TYPE of insect. The order hemiptera are bugs. The only one I can think of now is aphids, and they bother me, but don't creep me out. We could say which arthropod creeps you out.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

People stutter more on b-b-b-bugs than on insects.

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booyalab 5 years, 11 months ago

actually a good chunk of the things in that list aren't insects...how hard is it to just call them bugs?

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booyalab 5 years, 11 months ago

Spiders are cool (and not insects!). Cockroaches and ticks are gross, and flies and mosquitoes are annoying, but the only really creepy bug on that list to me are chiggers. Oh, and june bugs are also cool.

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commuter 5 years, 11 months ago

Randy Weaselman- his half truths about USD497 are driving me crazy.. Maybe one day my significant will stop working with the district, I could for school board, get elected and put a morals clause in his contract, and get rid of him!!!@!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

People will be ipod-ing Sweet Home Alabama as pest control.You might just be creating a internet phenomenon!(I have no idea what bug you are talking about, but am curious)

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ChristmasCarol 5 years, 11 months ago

It is probably those nasty little black bugs. They are like bed bugs. I was sleeping under my window once and one jumped in. I guess it thought it needed to be in my bed as it screamed and as I was playing my guitar it perched itself on the foot of my bed and then left as I was playing "Sweet Home Alabama" it left. Nasty critter. Mofugly thingy.Can't get those nasty critter from showing up everywhere. Ugghh!I guess some people eat those things though.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

June bugs bother people because they have clinging claws, and a bad sense of what to land on.Think of them as land turtles, that need to hold on to something.Darn little (huge LOL) bigs don't know they are frightening someone, and they just want to not fall to the ground.Pick one up and hold it..observe it..and your fear will probably go away.PS. anyone know what the heck is smacking on my doors and windows lately?So large sounding, it sounds like when a robin or sparrow that thinks it can get in! At night!

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ChristmasCarol 5 years, 11 months ago

Actually it is the maggots hanging around. I saw a swarm of them in Pittsburg a few years back. They seemed to swarm around my window and wait for me before biology class. All yellow and slimy like grease.Gnats are hard to like but I am a cyclist and they seem to be attracted to my eyes as I careen down the levee without glasses on. Really obnoxious.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

hawklet..very good visual there,Locust murder! Kind of makes me think.

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hawklet21 5 years, 11 months ago

schula (Anonymous) says: Locusts - I am deathly afraid of them.Me too!! It is the worst when they get stuck in the back winshield area of your car. I know they aren't going to do anything to me, but that noise is enough to send me screaming in the other direction. And you can't kill them, either, because they are unsquooshable and they just scream even louder.

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Celeste 5 years, 11 months ago

shudder I can handle all of them except for cockroaches. EWWWWWWI love insects and other creepy crawlies, I think they're neat, but cockroaches never get any mercy from me!! LOL yuck!

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road_Runner 5 years, 11 months ago

Even though they're technically not insects, ticks really give me the creeps.Come to think of it, I wouldn't shed any tears if cockroaches, flies, mites, ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and just about any other blood sucking insect were never to be seen in Kansas (or elsewhere) again. Oh yeah...can't forget the wasps. They need to go, too.

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KU_Dude 5 years, 11 months ago

If the world ended today the only things left would be cockroaches and cool's many posts about the Oread Inn.

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years, 11 months ago

motomom says..."normally we don't even see them until august normally we don't even see them until august"Yikes! What county or part of the state?

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motomom 5 years, 11 months ago

hate to tell ya flockofjayhawks.....scorpions are alive and well in kansas. we have already killed 7 in our house this year. normally we don't even see them until august...not sure what is up with that.....they blend in with our hard wood floors and it is difficult seeing them....they really are creepy. not one of God's good creatures.....along with those sneeky ticks...........

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George_Braziller 5 years, 11 months ago

The only bug that creeps me out is those giant segmented house centipedes that are about three inches long if you include the antennas. They look like something from a prehistoric horror flick. If you have an old house with a stone foundation basement you know the ones I'm talking about.

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sharper 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who was traumatized by June bugs as a kid... makes me feel not quite so insane. I think I got one caught in my hair when I was young. I've evidently never recovered!My husband teases me about it mercilessly. But he's kind enough to take the dog out at night in the summer, so I guess I can't complain about him too much. :)

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years, 11 months ago

Scorpions are not on the list and not an insect, but they definitely creep me out. The good news, I haven't seen any in Kansas yet.

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yeah_right 5 years, 11 months ago

As a child, I used to get upset because my birthday is in June and I hate June Bugs, that just wasn't fair to me. I just hate how they stick to you when they land on you and buzz and I really hate the sound of them crunching under my shoe. Ugh, they give me the heebie-jeebies!

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autie 5 years, 11 months ago

If you are fisher-people, catch those nasty June bugs and use them for bait. They are great for all kinds of fish..channel, bass, bluegill..they love them. Or in other words, Use the hazards to your advantage.

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mistygreen 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree with the June bugs....my sister tormented me all the time by putting those nasty things in my hair.

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sandrat7 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, Junebugs! I, too, had a traumatic experience in my youth. ugh!

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KUindentured_servant 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm also deathly afraid of June bugs. I had a traumatic experience in my youth. I don't want to talk about it.

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autie 5 years, 11 months ago

Blimpbaugh beetles and Foxroaches. Scary stuff at first, but when you get used to them you know their just boisterous and not so bad when you quit listening to their summer calls at night.

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gphawk89 5 years, 11 months ago

Termites. Not that they're that creepy, but because we just found an infestation in our house yesterday.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 11 months ago

The Obama Slug was not on the list either.

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yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

I don't see the insects John McCain or GWB on the list. Now they are creepy.

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schula 5 years, 11 months ago

Locusts -- I am deathly afraid of them.

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Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

I picked cockroaches. Actually, they're the only one on the list that really creeps me out. I hate chiggers, ticks, mosquitoes, etc., but there's no chance of one of those riding home in the fold of a grocery bag and infesting your house!I've been in cockroach-infested houses (happened to my aunt's house once when I was a kid), and it's just hideous. Forget all the over-the-counter remedies--just go to a professional the minute you see one and leave the house until the clouds of radioactive mist settle.And, yes, for crying out loud, where do they get headline writers?! Rejects from J School? I totally disagree with the policy of newspapers having someone other than the writer compose the headline, although I'm not sure that's the problem in this particular case. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the writer would do a better job. And the one time that the writer's header was bad, an editor could presumably fix it--assuming an editor even looks at it before it goes to press.How hard would it be, for the sake of accuracy, to have this one read, "Which of these pests creeps you out the most?" or some similar wording? This is not rocket science or esoteric knowledge. Every school child would know better than to lump spiders, ticks, and chiggers in as insects.

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sharper 5 years, 11 months ago

Lamest thing ever: I'm terrified of June Bugs. Yes, I know they're completely harmless. Yes, I know it's completely irrational. But there it is. June bugs creep me out.

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Nikki May 5 years, 11 months ago

I picked spiders, but they aren't insects

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh wait, there is one that really creeps me out.Tomato worms..the big ones, really plumpy ones that I don't even want to run over with a car!

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