Evil Pollen Worms

D. used the blower to clean off our deck Saturday.

This is what one side of our deck looks like this afternoon.


The other side looks worse.

And I am certain that I will NEVER BE ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE AGAIN.

Without the aid of an Allegra / Clarinex / Zyrtec drip, of course.

But that’s okay because Alex and I can just sit inside and eat chocolate ice cream.


Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that, y’all.

(Edited to add: I do love everything pollen does to nature – I just don’t love what it does to my sinuses. And my eyes. But the end is near…and in the end, it’s a small price to pay for a glorious spring and summer. THINKING. HAPPY. THOUGHTS. See?)

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  1. Living in GA we have piles, PILES of those nasty, evil, pollen worms!!! Plus, we haven’t had any rain until yesterday, so not only do we have all those worms, we have all that yellow dust covering everything, including the cat. It turns our black vehicle into a mustard color. Even the cat is coughing and sneezing!

  2. Bless your heart. The scorching heat of summer will come along, and you will once again enjoy your trees. Consider this like pregnancy–you know the morning sickness and stretch marks, etc. Once it’s all done, you’ll have some lovely shade and a glorious fall (we’ll not think about the raking at this point) and a long, leafless winter before the trees become “pregnant” again.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Not fun! I’ll take our snow anyday, at least we can go outside and it will be gone in a couple weeks. Thanks for reminding me the grass is not always greener :)
    P.S. Love your blog, it always makes me smile or think.(The thinking part is the hardest :)

  4. At the risk of sounding like a complete moron…what is an “evil pollen worm”?

  5. Those evil pollen worms are choking my beautiful pink azalea bushes outside my bedroom window! Had to go out the other night and beat the bush with a broom to get them off.

  6. I had to wash a big, wet pile of that evilness off my front porch yesterday. Needless to say, I had to take a double dose of Zyrtec when I was done.

    Next time, I’m just going to eat ice cream.

  7. Bless your bones! Could you send some of that chocolate ice cream my way to soothe this scratchy throat that is the sure first sign of a massive sinus infection? oh-my!! Feel better! ;-)

  8. Ooh, I agree. Ick. Thankfully, in a weird sort of way, our military base housing is somewhat devoid of much mature plant life, so this year isn’t too bad for me. But growing up, those pollen worms were the worst…

  9. You poor thing. I swear, there’s not a single thing you can do beyond over the counter stuff to get through this season except wait. It will end.

    Out here in western Colorado my own personal challenge is a sudden influx of amazingly frightening looking spiders. Everywhere. Outdoors is doable. Indoors is just completely freaking me out.

    Trade ya.

  10. Phyllis R. says:

    I’m itching just looking at the first picture. CRAVING some chocolate Blue Bell thanks to the second photo. I think the ice cream helps with the fever – the hay fever. I’m sure of it.

  11. Phyllis R. says:

    By the way, is it me or is that sweet little boy looking BIG and older??? He really looks like a “guy” – a cute, delicious one.

  12. I’m right there with ya here in Texas . Were it not for Claritin and Astelin, I know not what I’d do…

  13. BOOMAMA, did you sneak over and take a picture of MY DECK? Oh my word, it is completely covered and my allergies are out of whack!

    Do you live in Alabama? I can’t imagine the pollen being any worse than here!!!

  14. Ewwww. We don’t have THOSE. But there is a yellow film on everything in our world here. Cars, porches, even any furniture where windows are open. Rain would help. As always.

  15. With the house in Dallas we had that big tree in the back that dropped no less than one million pokey balls in the fall and winter. They didn’t do any damage to my sinuses, but man they were an eyesore. As soon as I would take three or more hours to go and pick them up, 50 bazillion more would drop over the next five min.

    I really don’t exaggerate much do I??

  16. PS I would take your pollen over Barb’s scary spiders any day. I HATE BUGS.

  17. I know about the pollen worms. Actually, one managed to make it inside the house. I guess it stuck to my shoes or something and I dragged it in. We had a pollen pond in our driveway after we hosed down our cars. ugh….

  18. Pollen?? Has spring arrived there? Here in NY such things are just a dream….we’re due for SNOW. ‘Twill be a LOVELY Easter…I have two beautiful girls I can dress up in dainty dresses and….winter coats and boots. And we can hunt for eggs in the snowbanks!! Woo hoo!

  19. we finally had a good rain that washed a lot of our pollen away (for now).

    Praying the same for you… ’cause who wants to wake up with sticky eyes every day???


  20. Pollen is everywhere here too! My head feels full of it!

    BTW…You’ve been tagged! Stop by my blog to see details!

  21. My husband has laughed at me for YEARS for calling those things pollen worms.

    I’ve been telling him it’s an honest-to-goodness technical term.

    They’re definitely evil and are making all of my household sneeze and snot and our eyes itch.

  22. Poor thing!

    Luckily here in the big AZ, dirt is dirt is dirt. All four seasons.

    I do miss me some Montana scrub brush, though. Coughed for weeks :(

  23. Yikes! I don’t do pollen worms!

    I don’t suffer from allergies, but my husband does. He’s taking heavy drugs for them right now.

  24. I FEEL YA!!!! And I’m all for Chocolate Ice Cream! :D

  25. Looks like the ice cream was yummy

  26. Kids and chocolate. Always are great picture.


  27. Mom in Action asked what those evil pollen worm are? Technically, they are blooms off of hardwood trees. The pine tree blooms look entirely different, but believe me, they. have. blooms. too! We had rain last night. PTL!!!!!

  28. I’m getting itchy eyes just looking at the pictures- yikes!

  29. Oh me too. I had to start taking my Allegra already and here our ground is still frozen. But the itchy eyes don’t lie. It’s spring and my mucus membranes know it!

  30. Since our backyard is devoid of a single tree, we have no pollen worms. I think I’d take a worm (or million) to have the curtain of green I can see in your picture!

    Of course, that’s easy for me to say. My eyelids are perfectly unswollen. :)

  31. I just saw a horrid report on the news that this years pollen count is record-breaking. It said the count in most of the country is in the 4,000 to 5,000 range. A normal high pollen count is around 150.

    This makes me scream, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

  32. Okay- I want chocolate ice cream. Make it rocky Road. Here in the Sooner state – everything that can bloom is blooming. Early. *sniffle* *sneeze*

    So with the blooms comes out the suction bulb for the babies and Puffs with lotion for the rest of us. :-) And Allegra, of course.

    We don’t have many worms – but we have sky high pollen. We’re sniffling with you. It’s so nice that the weather is pleasant.

  33. That looks like our back deck, except ours is covered with white flowery petals that are falling off the tree while being replaced by leaves. My son said it looked like snow and it would be neat to make a flowerman…

  34. We have also been suffering at our house! If it would only rain….. We live in GA and have a HUGE pile of Claritin… this year the Flonax hasn’t worked though… odd!

  35. Crystal Ward says:

    What a great picture of Alex. He is too cute. I myself have always suffered with Sinus problem and would have normally had 3 or 4 sinus infections by this time of the year, but I started drinking smoothies(in place of my sausage biscuit ritual) at the first of the year and just as a fluke I had them put Bee pollen powder in it. I have not even had one itchy eye, sneeze, scratchy thougnt. I am not a believe in a lot of things like this, but girl I am sold on this stuff!!!

  36. Ice cream sounds like the. perfect. antidote. for. a pollen-icious day. Mmmm… Pass the Ben & Jerry’s this way…

  37. Courtney says:

    Oh man! At first I thought they were ACTUALLY worms! I’m relieved to find out that they are not. I still feel your pain though, I’m so allergic to pollen too. The best prescription from the doctor is nasonex or flonase, they’ll make all your allergy woes go away! :)

  38. Luckily I don’t have too many allergies so it doesn’t bother me. I’ve seen first hand what it does to my Mom and sister though so I feel your pain! Hope it’s gone soon.

    Alex is so cute with ice cream smeared all of his little face! Looks like he enjoyed the whole thing : )