By April 28, 2008

Another bug hunt

Yes, I know this is similar to the title I used when I wrote about the hardwood stump borers I find every now and then. But these bugs are just as damn scary, and this time they are inside the house.

http://gallery.drfaulken.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=4312

Here’s the good news: I killed this one.

Here’s the bad news: it’s a baby (just only about a half inch long, or 1/4 their full-size, and not nearly as many legs).

Here’s the worst news: they move really fucking fast and this wasn’t the one I was aiming for.

This is a juvenile house centipede, which Wikipedia claims is one of the most “useful” house bugs because it eats the shit out of other bugs. It also bites (or stings, yay for dual wield) humans which results in a bee sting-like painful sore.

I am going to keep a body count; if I kill more than four of these the rest of the week I’m calling in an exterminator to nuke the house from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

In the meantime, I’m going to feel thousands of phantom centipedes crawling across my body. :

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  1. Starbuck says:

    Those things are creepy. One ran across the floor a couple of weeks ago and I thought I was seeing things until we lifted up the curtain. I am pretty sure it was full grown too :shudder:

  2. Lisa says:

    Hey. 🙂 Hope you don’t mind, I’ve added you to my list of blogs to read. (I work in IT, I have lots of reading time!)

    I had a couple of these in the house last summer. That and something with lots and lots of legs that hauled its spiny little butt across my keyboard by monitor light and make me scream like a little girl. Still haven’t figured out what that one was.

    Oh, Southern summers.

    Not a fan. No.

  3. yeri says:

    I found one of these dead, stuck inside my nightgown. I freaked out so much!!!! 🙁 Thanks for the picture. That’s exactly what mine looked like, at least I know what it is.

    • DrFaulken says:

      I am sorry to hear about that — they are supposedly harmless, but they scare the crap out of me whenever I see one.

      I find more of them as the weather starts to change. Good luck in your bug hunts!