The Bug House in East Lansing has two seasonal open houses each year, one in December and one in June. The Bug House is a great place to meet insects up close and personal and helps people understand why they are such an important part of our ecosystem. Not to mention, it is a great place to bring the kids!
A lot of their visitors love to learn more about their beetles, millipedes, centipedes, roaches, tarantulas, scorpions and other creatures.
Children are able to peer closely at the beetles, however if they pester them too much, they roll over and play dead.
At the Bug House you can also hold a live, palm-sized tarantula! In order to pick one up safely, lift it from underneath. The reason for this is because predators attack from above, so the tarantula is less likely to be startles if you life it from below.
“A lot of people come in here terrified of spiders and, by the end of the day, they may be holding a tarantula,” Gary Parsons, director of the Bug House said. “The idea is to get them over that fear and loathing of insects.”