For me, at least, this one is easy. I call my wife or my kids to get rid of it, while I stand on the camping table and scream in my deepest voice, faking authority, while directing them with a broomstick.

I have a confession to make: I am a little scared of creepy crawlies and little things that can fly faster than I can move. Funny enough, I am not scared of most other things that could and have hurt me more.

The only way that I could get rid of (most of) my irrational fears for goggas (bugs) and snakes, was to get well informed. I bought a bunch of good books and started studying snakes, scorpions, spiders and insects.  To my surprise, there are only very few of them of any medical importance.

Where I once got the shivers just looking at snakes in books, I have came to appreciate the virtues of these marvellous creatures and I was lucky to meet one in the bush once or twice. Lucky? Well yes! I now have first hand knowledge of how shy snakes actually are and that they move away long before you get there – hence anyone who can see a snake close up, is lucky. And it was not at all a frightening experience to get close to the Puffy (Pufadder). With a Cobra it is a bit different since they are more aggressive and will make a show if they are threatened, but most of the time they will give you plenty of early warning.

This does not say that one should not be alert for them when in the bush. It does happen that one catches a snake off guard and then it acts in its defence.  However, to put this in perspective, in our country (South Africa), less people gets bitten in a year by snakes than those who die in car accidents over the December festive season.  Furthermore, of those bitten, only a few dies.

The sad part is that by far the most snakes bites could have been prevented as the most people who gets bitten by snakes, are the ones who try to get close to them, normally to kill them. The others are snake handlers - and they know the risks of their jobs.

For this reason, there is really no need to go overboard and try to take snake serum kits with you on a bush holiday. Apart form the fact that you need special training to use serum kits, they also have a very limited shelf life, even in fancy laboratory coolers.

The same goes for scorpions and spiders. By simply searching your sleeping bag before you get in at night and tapping out your shoes the next morning, you will eliminate most of the (small) risk of getting bitten or stung by one of them.

There is no substitute for a little knowledge, being alert while moving around, not looking for trouble and simply double checking.