The Buggy South

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My daughter has always been fascinated by bugs.  I think part of the fascination is because bugs are small and she likes little tiny things.  Her imaginative world as a child was always very little.  She liked fairies and Polly Pockets.  Insects became a natural extension of her fascination.  Doodlebug really wanted to talk about fire ants and roly polies and I promised we would, therefore, today is about insects of the South.

The South is filled with plenty of little insects.  The bug spray brand, Off, conducted a survey of the top 25 buggiest cities in the U.S. in 2012 and only 6 states were not southern.  The Huffington Post also reported the 10 buggiest states in 2012 and all of those states were southern.  I’m not a bug expert, but, I suspect the reason the south tops these lists is because of the climate.  The warm temperatures combined with plenty of rain and high humidity creates a paradise for insects.  Of the 4 deadly varieties of insects in the U.S., 3 are found in the South: the scorpion, the black widow spider and the Africanized bee.  Sometimes, we have had insect invasions that resemble the plagues of Egypt like lovebugs and cicadas.  Cockroaches are the insect that I dislike the most, particularly the wood roach variety.

If you come to the South, just know, you may have to deal with some bugs.  We’ve learned to handle them by using bug spray (or not) and avoid areas and times of day when the bugs are most active.  I’ve found that if I wear a light colored shirt when working in the yard, the mosquitoes don’t bother me as much as they do when I wear a dark colored shirt.

Click on the pictures below for more information about each species.

Roly Polies

Fire Ant

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How do you feel about bugs?  Love them or hate them?



“But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land.”  Exodus 8:22 NIV Bible

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