Well, you are living in North America, arguably the continent with the least amount of venemous snake species (save for Antarctica).<quoted text> Sounds very similar @ pain.
Those were all over N. Arizona, the Tarantula Killers(local name) and Mexican brown Tarantulas. And yeah, at certain times of the year Tarantulas are all over. Before and after big rains too.
Spiders, Wasps, and Snakes don't bother me too much. Unless like when I was young and walking the woods barefoot and saw a Copperhead. Where there is one is always one other. You can smell them too. They're more likely to bite on the back of the leg >after< you've went by them.
They must be highly adaptable because in Pines they'll be red/brown like pine needles, in Oaks just a mile or two away they'll be more brown and dusky. Seen all kinds of color combos. They still don't concern me too much. They go their own way if you leave them alone.
This is what freaks me out. http://bugguide.net/images/raw/LR9HJH6HZR9HBZ...
Camel Crickets. It doesn't bother me anywhere but under a house(used to install H&A long ago). They congregate by the hundreds. If you make one jump they all go off, all over you, everywhere, and for just a second... whew.
Contained insanity, just close your mouth and eyes till they settle.
I've been bit by a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse. Walk blackberry thickets and never worry about a snake. Wasp stung a thousand times over.
Harmless Camel Crickets make me wanna scramble.
Go ahead. Laugh. I do. hahaa...
Here in SA, different story. We have our assortment of Cobras, Coral Snakes and Vipers. But the nastiest by a mile, is the Black Mamba. An adult snake can easily reach 12 feet. They have the fastest acting venom of any terrestrial snake, with death that can occur within half an hour. Some cases go even quicker (that depends on firltness, health, age of victim, amount of venom injected, etc.). It is the most feared snake in all of Africa anf many horror stories are told by the rural citizens. That is a snake you would want nothing to do with. I do not even want to be in a house with the thing. If you get bitten in tje lobby of the hospital, it may be too late by the time you get into ER.
Also, where other snakes mostly choose fleeing over fighting, the Mamba is nervous and easily angered. Think of a deranged meth head with a gun.