So, where do I begin? Let me start off by saying that I am terrified of spiders. It doesn’t matter if it’s a teeny-tiny baby or a giant hairy tarantula. Spiders, in general, creep me out…like the “jump on top of a table & scream my lungs out” type of creep out. I don’t know why or how this came about, but I’ve been this way my entire life, & if I ever see a spider within a 50+ ft. radius of me, I will over-the-top freak out & cause a scene…especially if my husband is around.
Las night was no exception, & boy did I sure get the heebie-jeebies. It makes my skin crawl just thinking about what happened. Let me break it down for everyone:
After taking my shower & going through my usual bedtime routine , I got into bed & was playing games on my iPad, which I often do before I go to sleep. Right before I get ready to sleep, I go to the bathroom at least once. (I tend to have a more active bladder right before I go to bed, which I find very unusual.) As I walked back to my side of the bed, I saw a baby spider crawling on the wall next to my nightstand. I didn’t really think anything of it, & squashed it with my finger. (Sorry, little fella.) I then proceeded to turn of my bedside lamp.
As you can see in the above photo, the lampshade is quite long, & it covers the switch. So I have to really go under the shade & reach for the switch to turn the lamp on/off. I was hovering over the lamp so I could get a better look at where the switch was, instead of my usual blindly feeling around for it, & that’s when I saw at least 6 or 7 other baby spiders roaming around inside my lampshade…making webs & having a good time. It wasn’t until I backed away from my entire nightstand, when I saw more spiders crawling on the desk surface of the table, & some we’re making webs from the lamp to the walls (as you can see in the above photo). 1. Spiders were crawling on that wall. 2. Spiders were making long web lines from that wall to the lampshade, then back to wall no.1, 3. Spiders were crawling up & down inside that lampshade & making webs around the light bulb.
I know that these little guys were harmless & minding their own business, but I couldn’t help but let my phobia rush over me & let me feel scared. Of course, like I had mentioned earlier, I had to make a huge fuss about it all. I woke my husband up in a panic, & made him vanquish my mortal enemies, like the scaredy cat I am.
Then, my husband being the macho guy that he is, tried to reassure me afterwards that I was overreacting, & that since the spiders were taken care of, I’d have nothing to worry about. NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT??! Who is he trying to kid here? Does he not know my personality?
- Of course I’m going to make a huge deal out of it & scare my own self.
I let my paranoia get the better of me & decided to get the vacuum & clean the whole area. I think the part that freaked me out the most was thinking about how long those spiders had been there without my knowledge. I mean, I turned on the lamp somehow & at some point during the night, right?? So, how could I have not seen them earlier?? How come I didn’t notice them the whole time I was propped up against my headboard, playing with my iPad? More importantly, how could I have missed seeing them while I was lying in bed, facing that exact wall & playing with my cell phone??
I am usually much more careful & aware of all the creepy-crawlies that come my way.
- I am especially meticulous when it comes to keeping my bedroom neat, clean, & clear of all unwelcomed bugs.
I even have a plug-in Bell+ Howell pest repellent right next to my bed. Letting that many tiny spiders invade my sacred space just really baffles my mind. How could I slip up like that? I tried to sleep, & eventually I did. However, this morning I woke up with a few itchy bites on my forearms. Next time, I will definitely have a better plan of action to prevent this from happening again. Woof.