This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.
Are you one of those people that just hates bugs and jumps at the sight of them? (Guilty!) Or are you someone that may not love bugs but don’t really mind them? No matter which group you fall into, you have to admit that bugs are important to us. But. even in knowing that, there are still some pretty icky & scary things out there! Orkin asked me & the owlets to head on over & check out their Orkin Ecologist site. I tried to but my daughter especially was not having it AT ALL. Let’s just say, my 14 year old son wouldn’t even come into the room when I was looking at the pictures. My 5 year old son isn’t afraid of much (he’s the one you call if there is a spider on the floor or some place short. He’ll come running with a boot in hand to save the day) and looked with me for a little bit.
Something fascinating I learned while I was on Orkin’s site is that they have been studying bugs for 100 years & even have scientists on their staff. They know that by learning more about the bugs (good & bad) they can learn to control them even better. No matter how icky, stinky or gross a bug, there is a reason for them to be here on our planet. “The Ecologist” site was created to celebrate both the science & the uniqueness of bugs.
One of the things that the kids and I do NOT like are spiders. We tend to get a few big ones in the house each week & it never seems to be when my husband is home. I have to admit that when he is home, he tends to think it’s funny that we’re all big babies when it comes to spiders. He has no issues (so he claims) getting spiders but he likes to pretend like he’s not going to get them and make us do it. The other trick is capturing them in a cup & letting it go outside. I am always sure that that same spider is the one we see in the house every single time! So what we decided to do was learn where the scariest & deadliest insects live, aka places Tara will never be moving to! But first, my daughter had a great idea. She wanted to teach her 5 year old brother how to make Ants on a Log. I remember making this in Girl Scouts and since it’s super easy, I knew he would love it. It’s a rarity these days that they get along so I had to document the process! Plates all ready for my daughter to teach her brother how to make Ants on a Log. Showing him the steps and how to get the peanut butter IN the celery (he did a pretty good job!) Their creations! Now it’s time to eat the Ants on a Log! Hmmm, Ryan was VERY skeptical about eating the celery so he made Ashlyn go first He decided to try to make some with cream cheese first. Tongue is out! He means business! Finally, he tries it & he likes it! Ants on a Log was a success!
Now about those scary & deadly bugs (I’m sure you’ve been waiting to learn all about them, right?). Orkin has a fantastic infographic on their site that I had to share. I liked it because while it talks about the bugs, I don’t have to look at real pictures of the actual bugs (I get shivers just thinking about it!) While you still may be scared of bugs, The Orkin Ecologist site is a fantastic place to go to learn more about bugs & the science behind them. Head on over there and tell me something that you learned in the comments below!