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Julie P. wrote:

LOL.. Funny! I remember my first <hmmmm..actually it was my last -- I got a bunch of worse bugs to deal with now!> encounter with a centipede! I was living in the middle of Nebraska.....more toward the eastern end. I was in college and renting a house <the landlord lived next door>. Anyway, I found one of these horrid things on my wall! This was back before I knew of the internet. I freaked out, spazzed out, swore it HAD to me a centipede or millipede and caught it in a jar and went next door to my landlord/sweet old man neighbor and ranted and raved because I had heard all my life they were deadly poisonous. LOL! That poor old man. He swore up and down they were harmless.....NOTHING with that many legs could be harmless!
Anyway, I toughened up and sucked the next one up in the vacuum cleaner. My "ex" husband -- who was kinda there on a conjugal visit for a few days had to deal with me having nightmares for two nights....LMAO. I made him get up in the MIDDLE of the night and empty the vacuum cleaner bag and sort through all the crud and cat and dog hair to FIND the dead centipede to make sure it was there. He couldn't find it. I THEN had nightmares about a PISSED OFF MUTANT CENTIPEDE that fed on pet dander coming to attack me......LOL
God, now in southern Alabama I am currently dealing with termites, yard fleas <which moved into the house awhile back>, roaches, chiggers or something, a crop of spiders, houseflies and some damn gnat thingies in the bathroom that someone told me were fungi gnats, and the ants are fixin' to make their attack. NOTE TO SELF: Do NOT make the six-year-old catch the next lizard found in the bathroom!
Do ya wanna send me some of your centipedes? :)
To top THAT the dumb CAT that came with the house has left me a dead bird, rat, squirrel or lizard DAILY for the last month on my back step. Dumb ME tossed them in the outdoor trashcan....which now is a vicious cycle of maggots, flies........god....I want to go live in the DESERT!
amy
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040621 2319 - Amy D posted:

The cat is bringing you gifts. I think he wants to get into your pants...
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Wow! that must hav ebeen hard. They are super fast.
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Well, they so actually have venom, but they usually can't penetrate human skin from what I have read on the Internet. Still, I wouldn't want to chance it myself. You had to be brave to actually catch one!

My roommate used to do that with moths. I always worried that they would find their way out. LOL

LOL! My roommate's cat used to steal things like paper clips and the like, and bring them to me.
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Julie P. wrote:

Oh, and how could I forget the LEECH?? Yuck, we had 8 inches of rain in just a little over 24 hours last week. My son comes up and says, "Mom, loock at this cool slimy caterpillar...." OMG -- he had a leech on his finger. Of course he sensed my utter revulsion and then became terrified screaming, "Get it off, get it off!!"
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I have skinks, lizards, geckos, snakes, toads, and who knows what else. I love them all for their insect-eating ways!
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I once left a bag of cheetos under a tarp in my backyard by accident. In the middle of the night, I found a skunk going after the cheetos. I had to fight him off with a stick and trash can lid!
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You're a braver person than I!
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Julie P. wrote:

What is a SKINK?
In Illinois I had tossed a bunch of Halloween suckers in the trash outside because they were full of ANTS. The next morning the coons had scattered the trash and I found a neat PILE of sucker sticks in the yard! I laughed for a week from the visual picture of coons sitting there licking suckers in the yard! :)
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-> Julie P. wrote: ->
-> > -> > -> > -> >>I have skinks, -> > -> > -> > I once left a bag of cheetos under a tarp in my backyard by accident. In -> > the -> > middle of the night, I found a skunk going after the cheetos. I had to -> > fight -> > him off with a stick and trash can lid! -> > -> > -> -> What is a SKINK? It's sort of like a lizard, but it more resembles a snake with legs. It's long and sleek and shiny. I'm sure you can find a zillion pix if you do a google image search.
-> In Illinois I had tossed a bunch of Halloween suckers in the trash -> outside because they were full of ANTS. The next morning the coons had -> scattered the trash and I found a neat PILE of sucker sticks in the -> yard! I laughed for a week from the visual picture of coons sitting -> there licking suckers in the yard! :)
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<http://www.herpnet.net/Iowa-Herpetology/reptiles/lizards/n.prairie _skink.html> <http://herpetology.com/webdata.hts?showcat+liz http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/lizards.html
There are 1000's of other sites that can offer you information on the benefits and usefulness of this lizard.
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wrote:

oh, duh! Sorry, I thought the poster meant "skunk".
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http://images.google.com/images?q=skink%2C+lizard&ie=UTF-8&hl=en
It's a beneficial reptile.
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funny! I think the poster meant "skunk". I used to keep garbage in the house until trash day for the reason you mention above, but actually, I think if there is rotting food, I'd rather leave it outside in a tight container than risk bugs in the house.
But one time, I tried cooking lobsters, and when I went to eat one, I found greenish/yellowish blood/ooze or whatever inside the lobster flesh, which grossed me out. Apparently I didn't boil them right, or didn't boil them alive (I didn't have the heart to boil them alive). So I threw them away in metal trash can. That night, a humongous raccoon tipped the can over and went after the lobsters. I wasn't as scared of fighting him off as I was the skunk. :)
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On Wed, 23 Jun 2004 01:23:12 -0400, "Julie P."

What's the green stuff? It's the lobster's liver or more accurately, its digestive system. Although many people like to eat the "tomalley" it probably isn't a good idea because this is where pollution in the lobster's own meal choices would become concentrated in the lobster's body.
What's the red stuff? It's the roe, the unfertilized eggs of the female. Lobster eggs were once considered a delicacy, like caviar. The roe is also called "coral" because of its bright red color.
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040623 1912 - Tom Miller posted:

These message boards are great for getting all kinds of information like this.
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Thanks Tom. I've had lobster before at restaurant, and never saw anything green. I think I must have cooked mine wrong. The green juices totally grossed me out though.
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I would have gladly let him have the snacks.
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thanks for your advice! the problem is I am seeing about one a day, along with beetles, wasps, spiders, moths, etc. The centipedes often come near my computer, since I am up late at night into the morning. I live in an old house, built in the 1800's. Needs lots of work. Lots of holes where the pipes come up from the basement, radiators leak a little in the winter, basement is damp, but not wet. I am a renter. Plus there are lots of vines and high bushes all along the house. My landlord, who lives next door though, does have lots of cats. Maybe they will take care of these pests. :)
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Let me just say that I appreciate the centipedes effectiveness in killing insects and spiders, but it has gotten to the point where I am paranoid, and any blur or movement I see out of the corner of my eye has me jumping to get the can of insecticide to catch the centipede. So that is why I am going after them.
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go after them with a swatter then. the best way to do it is probably to organise the house so there aren't boxes & hiding places everywhere & you can get a clear shot ;-)
in general, most insects & other little creatures are worth sharing your house with. i only draw the line at flies & mosquitoes (both of which spread disease), although i'm glad we don't have cockroaches cos i just can't stand them. the other spiders, insects & small reptiles you might find in an ordinary house should keep one another in balance. there's really no need to wipe them all out chemically (quite the reverse, in fact) although there are exceptions to that rule if something is taking over... :-) kylie
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