Sunday, September 30, 2007

Invasion

Last night I noticed that the cat was transfixed by something on the floor. She usually does this: finds a bug, chases it around and stares at it, but doesn't bother to kill it (thanks, cat.) However, last night I found that she was staring at this:

That, my friends, is a desert centipede. I hate these things even more than spiders, snakes, or possibly even scorpions. Centipedes are vicious, and instead of hiding like normal bugs, will chase you. I once witnessed one eating a bat. (For another example of their destructive power, click here - not for those with the insect hebe-jeebees.) After throwing the cat across the room, I proceeded to capture the creature under a baking pan. This turned out to be a bad idea, since I didn't have anything to slide under it to enclose the beast. So, I had to let it go and capture it again under a pot lid, the whole time going, "ah! ah!" and trying not to put my hand near its scary, scary pinchers.

Living in the desert is not for the faint of heart (this is the 3rd centipede I've had to remove from a building - as well as 2 scorpions and a bat.) In my park ranger days, I had a roommate who only lasted 2 days before quitting because she was so scared of the spider population in our house.

Does anyone know how to knit a centipede trap?

5 comments:

Veronica said...

I'm not usually too bothered by bugs, but I saw that and thought, 'ohmygod creepycrawly thing with pinchers its going to get me aaaah!' At least you know that while it may be messy, most of those kinds of things won't hold up to a well-aimed shoe. But still.

We have house centipedes, which are different, lots of legs and very fast, but not nearly so dangerous. I just tell myself they eat the roaches so I shouldn't kill them....

Shawnee said...

Oh my gosh ... that is really creepy looking!! Wow, Sarah, I'm glad your cat at least let you know what was around. I'd hate to find that in the middle of the night!

Have a wonderful, bug-free weekend!

Shawnee from Swap-Bot, "Gain Exposure" swap

:)SmileCreator said...

OMG, that is a seriously scary looking creature! I feel about spiders the way you feel about these things, so I can totally relate. I once took a fishing spider (Ack! HUGE) from our pool with a 12' long pool skimmer, and freaked out so badly that I threw the skimmer away from me (rather than risking the spider leaping 12' and attacking me!). You are sooo brave for battling the creature up close. Hope you don't find any more for awhile!

Telmah said...

I'd say that's scarier than a scorpion.

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