Like almost everything that Samoa has to offer, things come in bulk.  (Naturally occurring items)  There are tons of coconuts, tons of rocks, tons of rain, tons of fish, tons of plants, tons of people, not tons of money but that isn’t natural, and of course tons of bugs.  Many if not all of the bugs are grown the same way Samoans like music… Big and Loud!

One of my favorite creepy crawlers isn’t a bug at all.  They are called pili if green and mo’o if black.  You might know them better as a gecko and skink.  They patrol the lights and mosquito nets keeping you safe from the few hundred bugs they eat.  It’s too bad that there are a few thousand flying around at any given time.  Here is a small pili that was on our mosquito net the other night.

Those guys get about as long as your hand.  They are totally harmless and fun to have around.  The mo’o are also harmless but they get big.  We saw 2 inside the other day.  Both were about the size of my elbow to my wrist.

Next are the flies.  They only transmit bacteria, but they are here in a force unseen back home except for in garbage bags that have been left outside for too long.

Ants are the same, although they are small.  Any small bit of food that is left out turns into a protein filled snack within minutes.  Anty food isn’t that bad, it is the drinks you have to watch out for.  There is nothing quite like a swimming swig of coke.  YUM!

We also have every kind of bug that irritates people back home.  We are now cockroach champions.

Some of the nastier variations that are here come in small and large packages.

Bees.  OMG keep clear.  Though I have not been stung and I have not seen anyone else stung they are huge.  Simply put, this is not a bee that I want to get on the wrong side of.  Wasps are nothing in comparison.  However, bees make honey, so keep on doing what you do bees.

Millipedes.   They are the little wormy bugs that curl into a spiral when you touch them.  However, don’t kill one of these with your hand or step on them.  Or in Karen’s case take a nap on one.  They leave a nice burn that you won’t soon forget.  Aside from that, they are harmless.

Spiders here are of mythical size.  We found a baby one in our bathroom.

The emphasis here is on BABY spider.  They get to the size of that roll of toilet paper.

Apparently, they don’t bite.  I keep reminding people that they have to eat somehow.

Next in line comes the centipede. Here is some background info on the centipede.  We have bug killer spray.  You spray, it dies, within a minute or two.   One evening Mauigoa and Sefulu gave us a ride to our house.  They wanted to come in and see the place.  When we came in, we spotted a centipede.  I reached for the bug killer, threw it to Mauigoa and he instantly crushed the hell out of it and beat it with the can until it wasn’t moving.  Then he sprayed it.  Then we all got as far away as possible as he swept it out of the house keeping as much distance as possible.

Ok, the reason.  Centipedes bite, and they bite hard.  They have an especially lovely venom.  It makes you swell up around the bite site.  If they bite your foot, you can’t walk for a minimum of 2 days.  Your foot will be the size of an American football.  Besides the swelling, it hurts.  Additional symptoms may also include headache, dizziness, vomiting, painful swelling of the lymph glands and local muscle spasms.  My favorite part of all of this is the treatment. Take an antihistamine as soon as possible.  Tylenol or ibuprofen may help with the pain; applying ice may also help.  The pain is intense and will not be greatly relieved even with these measures.   Local remedies such as applying hot water are largely ineffective and time should not be wasted trying them.

This bad boy is of a healthy size, but we have seen plenty much bigger than him.  This picture was taken in our bedroom.

That’s all for now.  Sleep well, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

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4 Responses to BUGS!

  1. My beautiful son and his beautiful wife! We miss you guys! I love the long hair on both of you.

  2. Tom Corey says:

    Thanks for the amazingly thorough update. You both will be so tanned and fit when you get back you will stick out like a sore thumb. We just have to figure out how to get the stress out of our language back here. Watch out for the centipedes, they sound like the worst of the lot to me.
    Take care,

  3. Andre Nacmanie says:

    Wow. great posts guys. I don’t like those centipedes 😦 I love however, your picture and post about the Samoan quicksand. Dave, do you remember my experience with the Tivoli quicksand back in the 90’s? Also, Miron and Miriam gave me a check for you. I’d like to deposit it in your account. Which bank do you use stateside?

  4. Uati says:

    A flock of chickens in the yard will help get rid of the centipedes. They love ’em!

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