Sunday, September 30, 2007


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?
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