I grew up on a dairy farm. We had cows. We had horses. We had pigs.
And, we had a lot of bugs.
Mosquitoes, flies, and black widow spiders were the most common. I had cousins that were bitten by black widows and the war against the mosquitoes was an epic fight waged every year from March to October.
We occasionally won the battle, but alas, we never won the war.
Since critters that crawl, buzz, and fly are bound to be with us forever, here are some tips to deal with the inevitable battle scars.
Bees are the worst. They attack from the air in well-organized sqaudrons. They have a command sructure, but just like in chess, take out the queen and you may just win.
All the non-bees have pretty much the same weapons. They look different, but the wounds all look exactly alike. Most of the treatment is supportive, just relieve the pain and wait for the bite to heal.
In the war of the bugs, these puppies are attacking our puppies - and sometimes our kids. Ticks are nasty, ugly little things that bury their heads at the first sign of trouble. Unfortunately, they bury them in us.
Spiders are probably the ugliest of all. They have those long, hairy legs and sharp jaws. Believe it or not, they aren't as bad as they've been made out to be. Best of all, they eat other bugs!
OK, I lied. Scorpions are definitely the ugliest bugs on the planet. We didn't have a lot of scorpions where I grew up, but I remember my dad bringing a family of scorpions home from Mexico in his luggage. Luckily, they were all dead.