Many years ago, I made the decision to move to Florida, and when I first went house hunting I asked about the possibility of seeing a snake in the back yard. The realtor seemed shocked that I asked such a question, and replied, “This is Florida you know.”
That was the beginning of my Florida “Reptiles and bugs” phobia. I call it a phobia, some called it an obsession. I couldn’t stop thinking about these critters that were so foreign to me, and apparently when interviewing for my Florida staff, I asked more critter than job qualification questions.
When I moved into my house, my guard was down. I was so excited! I had a swimming pool for the first time in my life, and was reveling in that fact! I was on the phone with a friend up north, rubbing in the fact that I was sitting by the pool and was 30 degrees warmer than her, when out of the corner of my eye I saw something. I continued talking, and about 15 seconds later my mind processed the fact that I was sitting approximately 6 inches away from a real live snake! It was small. My scream was not. My new neighbors came running. They left laughing. This snake was very small and non-venomous. I DID NOT CARE!
I needed a pool cage and I needed one right that minute! Being from up north, I did not understand the virtues of a cage, but I learned quickly, and boy do I love my cage!
Not only has it kept out the MOSQUITOES AND WASPS AND FLIES, OH MY, but it has become my favorite “room” in the house.
I have exchanged my “critter” phobia for awe and respect of the amazing wildlife we have the opportunity to experience here in Florida; HOWEVER, I receive a great deal of peace of mind “experiencing” them with my pool cage between us.
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