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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Bugs And Beasties At HES

Posted 4/13/2017

Record Staff 

Carrie The Bug Lady came to Hesston Elementary School with a portable menagerie of creatures. 

The former kindergarten teacher took up her profession of porting around critters and creatures to educate children on all manner of bugs, beetles and small beasties nine years ago. 

Kindergarten children had the opportunity to see and pet many small exotic creatures, ranging from snakes and centipedes to cockroaches and a hairless rat.

“I have one animal I am scared of - mice. I am afraid of mice,” said The Bug Lady. 

However, every week she must overcome her fear and purchase 75 of the critters to feed members of her 150-species-strong animal facility.

The Bug Lady said while she is terrified of white mice, many more people are afraid of her favorite pet - Charlotte, a 15-year-old rose haired tarantula. 

“I had about 60 animals in my classroom when I stopped teaching to do something else in 2008.  I started going to classrooms for teacher friends for free. 

“After the first year, I realized I spent $13,000 on mileage and food. Something had to change,” she said. 

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