September 2nd, 2006
|03:16 am - HOLY JESUS WHAT IS THIS GODDAMNED ANIMAL|
IT CRAWLED ALONG THE WALL WHEN I WAS LOOKING
IT HAS ABOUT A ZILLION LEGS, IS MAYBE AN INCH LONG, AND LOOKS ALMOST FURRY
BLURRY CLOSE-UP OF FREAKY-LOOKING BUG IS AT THIS LINK I SWEAR TO GOD DON'T CLICK IF YOU GET SQUEAMISH, THIS GODDAMN THING IS LOVECRAFTIAN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
DEAR GOD WHERE DID IT GO
IT'S NOT IN THE CORNER ANYMORE
edit: it's now ABOVE MY HEAD LORDY IT COULD JUMP AT ANY MOMENT
Abbie sees it and he is none too pleased with it either. AM READYING THE SMUSHY-THING AND THE DUSTPAN FOR QUICK DISPOSAL
edit 2: I smushed it. It ran. My god it could move. I had a styrofoam brick-thing from the TV set box and I just started smacking at it. It was above my door. It left a smudge on the wall. At least the smudge means it's D-E-D. Christ, I'm leaving it there and going to bed.
though I must say I'm very impressed that I got the cameraphone so close to the goddamn thing. if it had moved while I was near, though, lordy we'd have had A Real Situation On Our Hands.
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)|| |
That was a monster from the depths of hell!
Nah, it was just a house centipede
...Actually, on second thought, you're probably right.
Nyarlathotep and the Cthulhu Five
That, my unfortunate friend, is a House Centipede, and it is a beast to be reckoned with. They live for five years, are resistant to pesticides and feed on eggs and small insects.
I have cackled insanely over many a mangle corpse. They must be dealt a swift hand of merciless death.
That entry say it eat termite an' cockaroach an' silverfish an' bedbug.
One of Nature's big jokes, then, innit?
"Hey! You can have tiny little bugs that bite you and rot your wood and chomp your books and do nasty things to your house... OR you can have giant furry multi-legged primordial terrors what eats em!"
Also according to Wikipedia talk, the following is a list of prototype extermination devices: "shoes, brooms, magazinese, prayers"
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)|| |
That, my friend, is the bane of my personal existance. That is known as the common centipede. I once saw one that was 9 inches long in my livingroom (of a different apartment). They eat bugs, for what that's worth, and live inside the walls of buildings. They prefer the dark. This is why I leave a florescent light on in my back hallway from the garage (so they don't gang up on me in there.
No, I totally get it.
I've had these from time to time. "Huh, that's no cockroach!"
Yeah, and honestly, I'm glad it wasn't a cockroach. I just wish it hadn't decided to go running across my wall at 3 in the morning.
Those are pretty common. (I've even seen one around here once in awhile). I let them live becuase they eat other insects.
Now that I know they take care of some of the nastier critters in the insect world, I feel only slightly bad for smooshing it. But maybe its next of kin will give me advance warning when they decide to go sightseeing!
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah -- that is, technically, considered one of the "good bugs". It eats destructive bugs, and is totally harmless to humans, pets, and your stuff.
That said, it is one of the two bugs which I SQUASH ON SIGHT -- EEEEWWWW!
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Did you notice how when you squash a centipede, sometimes some of the legs fall off and keep on twitching afterward?
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)|| |
I hereby name that one 'Terrell Owens'.
Oh yeah. I knew what it was going to be even before I saw the picture.
I live in a basement apartment with some of those. I called the first one 'Duriel' on account of its many legs and blinding speed. They're harmless unless you happen to be a slower bug. They are the cheetahs of the arthropod world, and probably the main reason why I don't have crickets or roaches in here.
In an annoying little quirk of evolution, their main survival imperative seems to be 'when the light comes on, run for the nearest shadow'. If the nearest shadow is someone's shoe, so be it. That's a bit unnerving, when they run at you.
I lived in a rural area with a partly-finished basement for sixteen years, and never saw one. I only saw them when we moved to the city. Our cat used to go into the basement of the city house and hunt the big ones. He'd come upstairs with a four-inch leg stuck in his ruff. It was rather like seeing a sperm whale with giant sucker marks all over its face, and being unable to comprehend the size of the squid it must have tangled with.
|Date:||September 2nd, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I have about four million of those in the house. We have an agreement: they stay in the basement.
If I could get them to live by the agreement, it would be better. But I'd still rather have those than flies.
I'm good with bugs (I had to be due to them being pickled and in the freezer for 3 years etc). But I DRAW THE LINE at centipedes. I don't care if I AM a vegetarian they are WRONG.
Oh man, in the first house that I lived in with my parents, those things LIVED in my room. Imagine going up to your room and turning on the light to see on curled up in the corner...or waking up in the middle of the night to see a dark smudge on the wall that wasn't there before....or having one FALL ON YOUR ARM.
I will never paint walls with anything rougher than semigloss. They can't climb it on a smooth wall. At least the big ones can't. My basement has one bit of wall that is exposed cinderblock painted over, and that's the only place I ever see them higher than my head.
I really wish I could read that page. :(
(I got most of them from the illustrations but not all)
The buggle is Lovecraftian enough, but leaving the smudge there when you go to bed is a whole new level.
It was left as a warning to the others, much like how convicted and executed pirates were hung in a gibbet o'er the entrance to the bay to show other pirates that No Sir, We're Not Kidding Around With You Guys Anymore...
ok I got nothin. I did go back this morning with a damp paper towel and clean the smudge off, so at least the physical reminders of The Incident are gone. Nice thing bout these bugs, I guess, is they clean up rather easily.