Okay, as a science teacher, nobody needs to know about my fear of bugs. It's interesting that I have decked out my science room with marine fish, African cichlids, turtles, a bearded dragon and even a rhinoceros beetle (incidentally the strongest animal in the world) but I really, REALLY hate most insects, especially huge, noisy, spaztic ones. Take for instance the giant Cicada that was on our deck last night. I was working at the kitchen table and thought someone had accidentally started up a buzz saw on our deck. I looked out but saw nothing. I sat down and it soon started again. Whenever I opened the patio door, it was silent again but then I moved a chair and all heck broke lose (noise wise, but I couldn't see anything). Each time I moved something on the deck, this huge squawking would start up. I thought it was some weird bird trapped behind our propane tanks. Finally I moved enough stuff and this freakish beetle thing came tearing out screaming like a baboon with nightmares. And it was huge (sorry for starting a sentence with and, but that's how we do it here in Taiwan).
Anyway, it seemed like it wanted to set up a permanent home on our patio, as much as I tried to convince it to leave, so I killed it......with Raid, from behind the protection of a barely open patio door. The Raid started it screeching continuously for about half an hour and it took two more shots of raid to finally terminate the thing.
At least, I figured, one giant screaming cicada in 3 months isn't too bad. But, not 8 hours later, I kicked one on my morning run, send it screaming into the bush. Hope this isn't a trend. And I thought cockroaches were bad.