On a perfectly normal day I walked out the back door, not maintaining the level of critter caution that is now practiced as August Awareness (ah, the naive years). I approach the screen door at a rapid pace and as I began to push it open a movement directly in front of my face causes my eyes to refocus. There, a good 2.5 inches from my face, clinging to the screen, Whitey introduced himself. I stood stock still for about 10 seconds completely baffled by the thing staring back at me. See, Whitey wasn't just any roach, mind you, but an albino one.
I freaked and yelled for my hubby to come squash the varmint. Alas, Whitey scampered away before the foot fell (roaches can run at the alarming rate of 3 mph). An expected amount of Googling ensued. I research things that scare me in the hopes that I will develop an understanding of them and not be so frightened. Ah, Google! What more could an Amateur Insect Hunter Girl need?
A few FF (in this case Freaky Facts):
- Roaches wear their skeletons on the outside of their bodies.
- Cockroaches bleed white blood. (did not need to know that)
- Roaches outgrow their skeletons and must shed them to regrow (vomit, vomit, vomit)
- Albino? nope, just happened to see a roach naked, which they are for approximately 8 hours while the new roomier skin/skeleton regains its regular color. (lucky you)
- During the nude fest - a cockroach is white with black eyes. (have fun sleeping tonight)
So there you have it! Casper the not-so-friendly, freakishly white roach. If anyone is wondering, I had no luck chasing my fears away. In fact, it is still coming my way at the surprising rate of 3 miles per hour.
Peace and watch out for the Whiteys!