I live in North Carolina, the South. We have a lot of weird bugs and
critters down here, but today I saw something I have never seen
I run a small CAD (Computer Aided Design) Drafting & Design Business
from my home. I specialize in Fire Alarm System Design, and converting
Hand Drawings to CAD format. When work is slow I help a friend build
decks, paint, and do minor carpentry work. Since I'm the "helper", I
get to do the dirty work, like crawl under the house!
If you have any experience building decks, you know that the deck has
to be secured to the house with bolts, which means someone (me) has to
crawl under the house to stick the bolts through the holes. Down here
in NC, we don't have basements, we have Crawl Spaces. Most of the time
you have to crawl around on your hands and knees, but sometimes you
get lucky and find a house that you can walk under part of it.
I'm pretty brave, but you don't just crawl around under a house down
here in the South, you crawl around slowly and cautiously because
poisonous snakes and other critters like spiders, also crawl around
under houses. When crawling under houses located in the country, you
look for Copperheads, Rattle Snakes, and Cottonmouths. If your working
near lakes you look for Water Moccasins. These snakes are aggressive,
they will chase you, and yes the myth is true; they bite under water!
The Spiders you have to watch out for are Black Widows (which I have
been bitten by), and the dreaded Brown Recluse, whose venom is so
toxic, the bite rots the skin making an ugly hole.
As I crawled my way under the house to put a washer and nut on the
bolts, I started seeing all these really weird looking bugs, big bugs!
At first I thought they were spiders because they have round bodies
and big legs like a spider, but as I shined my flash light on them, I
realized they weren't spiders at all, but some sort of a Cricket! They
really freaked me out!
Does anyone know what these things are? My buddy and I think they may
be some new Species, or maybe even a Mutation.