It's happened to most of us. You're out near the side of your house cleaning up and get to a piece of plywood that's been sitting there for awhile. You know it's not going to be pretty when you look on the other side of it. Chances are it's covered in slugs and crickets with a spider or two for good measure. They scatter right up your arm prompting feminine screams.
It's not just stuff in the yard though. The warning signs are on everything we encounter. I see a misappropriated piece of hardware at work and decide to see why nobody has noticed it for the past week. It always turns out to be a gigantic mess and while I may not scream like a girl I'm certainly unhappy that I chose to look.
In the end it gets cleaned up and you don't have to worry about it anymore. The moral of the story is to get to stuff before the slugs, crickets, and spiders have a chance to set up shop. The sooner you deal with the apparent mess the less messy it will be.