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!
Wow! that must hav ebeen hard. They are super fast.
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.
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!!"
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! :)
-> 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! :)
There are 1000's of other sites that can offer you information on
the benefits and usefulness of this lizard.
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
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.
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. :)
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
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... :-)
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