Culture Shock: Bugs

Culture Shock: Bugs

culture shock bugs

Living in India has been a challenge; a bigger challenge than we thought.

I began the “culture shock” series two days ago, writing about the lack of privacy. Today’s subject (as you may have assumed by the title and image of this post) is:


Major pain in the ass. Back in the U.S. if I saw one spider in our house, I would cringe and ask Josh to take it out. I took some out myself but did not like it at all. I am not afraid of bugs, I just don’t like them one tiny bit. When we moved to this house in India, bugs were quickly a problem. Ants were everywhere; mosquitos and gnats and all kinds of moths came uninvited into our home after 7pm, very rude bugs. The ants would especially hold parties in the eastern toilet, which made me hate it even more. A couple would crawl on us when we went to bed. A few would dive into our drinks and decide to die there. I wear shoes in the house at all times, something I’ve never had to do before, I actually love being shoeless in my home. The first thing I used to do when I arrived to any of my previous homes, was remove my shoes.


Dead bug in Josh’s coffee.

Now, two months later, I am used to seeing bugs in our house. “Oh look another spider”, “oh look I’m showering with a spider”, “oh look a cricket.” We get reptiles too, I have seen many lizards in our walls, adults and babies. I don’t care about the lizards, they don’t bug me. I guess that is why they are reptiles and not bugs; because they don’t bug people, get it? Anyway, even though I am used to the bugs now, it doesn’t mean they don’t bother me anymore. Does that count then? Can you be used to something even if you don’t like it? Or do you have to be unaffected by it to be used to it?

Well, I feel like I’m used to it because it doesn’t surprise me anymore, and I don’t react to it anymore, but it still kinda bothers me. I don’t know if there is a word for that.

india bug

I decided I needed proof, so I went around the house to find bugs to photograph, after seeing just a couple ants, I said out loud: “where are the crazy bugs when I need them?”, and totally unexpected, Josh said:  “I have one trapped right here.” He pointed to an area in his desk where there was a bug trapped indeed. I started laughing and said: “what is this?” I wondered because Josh has openly declared a war on ants after their invasion to our house. His declaration went something like this. “I don’t go to their house, so why do they come to mine? [talking to the bugs] If you crawl on me you die. I told God to not bring the bugs to me because I’ll kill them. I warned Him.” This is an example of what India is doing to us, back in the U.S. we would never just purposely step on an ant. So when I saw this bug trapped, instead of being killed or flickered to the floor, it made me laugh. “I didn’t want to bug him, he was sleeping” Josh said. The bug had landed on his keyboard and apparently fallen asleep on his back. He wasn’t dead because after about 10min he started moving again.

trapped bug india

This is the guy who landed on Josh’s keyboard, fell asleep, and got trapped.

Before publishing this post, I opened the front door to check if our cat was here, but instead I found an amazing leaf bug. I wish I had been able to take a better picture but it is night time and I refuse to use built-in flash, it makes every photo worse.

leaf bug katydid


These bugs that resemble green leafs are commonly called katydids. What a funny name. (Wikipedia told me.)

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