If you're easily creeped out, maybe you'd better not read on.
Good. Because if you’re planning to move to Israel, you’re going to have to think about insects.
As I write this, I am literally pecking ants off my computer screen. It's ANT SEASON here in Israel.
The first year we were here, a friend told us, "After Pesach, the ants come."
I didn’t think she was lying to us, but really? In Toronto, insects don't have a schedule. Sure enough, though, days after Pesach, they arrived. Right now, we’re in our second year, and, yes, in the middle of our second invasion by ants.
My 7-year-old son loves this, because it lets him make up rude rhymes for the song "The Ants Go Marching," in various multiples. Me, not so much.
Ants, of course, are not the worst of it when you live in a hot desert-type country like Israel. I guess the worst-case scenario would be the friend who got stung by a scorpion moving some furniture in his house.