Outdoor Furniture and a Really Gross Story

5:30:00 AM

This is not a DIY post and I don't often get grossed out but...

Outdoor furniture set
today was different. 

Recently we put up a new gazebo and after making curtains for it, we bought new deck furniture.  

(If you're interested, here is my Amazon affiliate link to this furniture because we love it.)

Keter outdoor furniture

But anyway here's the gross part...

The old set {pictured below} sat down on the lawn for a few weeks until we could bring it over to my daughter's house. 

Old metal deck furniture

When the time came to move the pieces, I squeezed 2 of these chairs into my brand new car. 

I had to re-arrange several times before I got them both in without scratching anything. 

Metal deck furniture with blue cushions

I closed the trunk and opened the driver's door only to see a parade of earwigs climbing out of one of the chairs... inside my new car!!! 

I'd show you photos but I wasn't thinking blog photos at the moment. 

In case you don't know...this is an earwig. Very roach-like.
Ugh! I can hardly look at it!

I was screaming and pulling chairs out of my car as fast as I could. As soon as the chairs hit the driveway earwigs were everywhere!

Suddenly hundreds, yes I said hundreds, of earwigs started pouring out of the chairs! They apparently made nests in the in the legs. The ground was alive with earwigs and I was screaming and stepping on them like a crazy lady! 

I grabbed a can of bug spray and a sprayer of bleach and with one in each hand, sprayed both into every hole in both chairs.
Old outdoor deck furniture

Finally after a few minutes the bug spray or maybe the bleach, took effect. The earwigs stopped moving and the nightmare was over. My skin is still crawling as I write this story!
It was disgusting!!

Needless to say, in case there is even one earwig still alive in there, those chairs are no longer going to my daughter's house... they may be headed straight for the curb!

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  1. Thanks for this forewarning story! Makes you start to reconsider picking up those curbside beauties we all want so badly?

    1. OMG you are so right! Roaches? Earwigs? Termites? ... You wouldn't even know!!!

  2. I'm itchy all over just thinking about it! Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. Itchy is right! I saw them in my dreams!

  3. Ewww, Ewww!! I can only imagine how you must of felt. I'm going to have to Google the "E" word, because I truly don't know anything about them. How in the world did you eliminate them from your brand new car?

    1. Shop Vac Linda, shop vac. I must have sucked up 30 of them from the car! Hoping I got them all and so far haven't seen any more... except on my front door this morning!!!


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