Probably because the recent weather has been so cold, but in the last
couple of weeks a couple of times I've discovered a slug asleep
clinging to the tiled wall of the shower Since I found the first one I
keep the bifold door fully closed, and wear my glasses into the
bathroom and check before going in. They still arrive. Where on earth
can they be coming from?
I scoop them up with a old loo roll and toss them down the toilet.
I used to get them when I moved into my first house.
When I came to redo the bathroom, there was an old hole through
the wall from an old bath waste which was not visible on the
outside as it emerged below the top of the grass, i.e. just
where the snails crawl. Blocked it up with mortar, and never
saw one afterwards.
I've been doing some plumbing in the crawl space under the floor
of a 1920's house, and there are lots down there. Some of them
squeeze through gaps in the floorboards (usually at the edge of
a room, and leave trails on the carpet to be found next morning,
although the slugs themselves have returned by base by then.
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Brilliant, it takes all sorts! I loved this bit
Unless they are spiders, that is. "There was a bit of a problem when a
large banded huntsman spider I'd introduced to the garden took up
residence in a drawer," admits Robinson. "When Lynne went to take out
her favourite grey jumper, part of it moved under her hand," he recalls.
Her piercing scream persuaded him to put the spider at the farthest part
of the garden. "It never returned," he says, "probably because its sound
receptors are still ringing."
I've heard that the Huntsman is the number 1 killer spider in Australia.
It's actually harmless, but looks horrible. And it likes to live in
cars. So there you are half way down the Pacific Highway when this
horrible looking thing crawls out... and your attention is distracted
LOL. A funny story when I was working for a local hard-landscaping
company. Having worked in bushes cutting back, etc. I was driving the
tipper crew-cab back to base with six young college trainees.
As we were moving along the busy road I felt something crawling up my
neck on the right side of my face. I didn't let it bother me until this
little bush-monster(I don't know, don't ask) began to crawl down my
forehead across the bridge of my nose to the left side of my face and
under my left eye. My only good eye! I say, good. What I mean is my
dominant eye. My right eye can still see lamp-posts so is OK for driving.
Anyway, now the spider is on my left, I can call on one of the lads to
take it off my face without turning my head or, taking my eyes off the
road. So, I calmly asked the lad sat in the seat next to me, 'NAME,
..take this thing off my face, will yer'. I leaned sideways slightly in
I did 'not' expect him to scream. The other lads, all in unison
shouting each, their own version of 'what's happening'?! Name said,
SPIDERRR! and everyone, all of them, started screaming, shouting,
get-out! get-out! with fuck!, fuck, fuck, coming from all quarters.
I was doing 30mph with a spider trying to drink from my eye while 6
lads try to crawl over each other to exit and, 2 doors swinging open.
Thankfully, the lad behind me wasn't so frightened as to open the
offside door and jump out into oncoming traffic.
I did pull over and the situation was calmed. Apart from when I walked
towards the lads with spider in hand so I can release it into the grass.
In which case 'one or two' wanted me to stamp on it. LOL.
Someone in the traffic did report us to base and I had to go in and
explain to my 'superiors' what happened. He had a good laugh with me and
he understood why I swerved towards the kerb and came to a sudden stop
as 6 lads poured out of the cabin 'Keystone Cops' style.
Good memories. I laughed through writing this and while reliving it,
it has taken 35minutes to write. Sorry if a bit off topic.
Learn why we are suffering..
We don't get slugs but every time I use the bath/shower theres woodlice
and spiders in it. Found a huge centipede too the other day.
I think they come up the plughole. I've never actually checked because
they don't bother me, but there's a squashed lead pipe on the outside
which, I'm guessing, doesn't have a trap under the bath, so they can
just crawl up it and get cozy.
Poor dears. You could at least bung em out the window.
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