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Topic: Need advice concerning centipedes/millipedes
Message: Posted by: The Scary Librarian (May 3, 2009 09:45AM)
I just saw SOMETHING crawl out from the bathroom cupboard and make a mad dash for the bathroom heater. Multiple legs, thick, two inch long body. What do I do now???!!!
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (May 3, 2009 09:56AM)
Turn the heater on full,grab a plate,and get ready for about fifty of the smallest drumsticks you've ever had.
Ray.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 3, 2009 11:05AM)
Buy a lizard.

John
Message: Posted by: balducci (May 3, 2009 11:24AM)
Name it (leggy?) and consider it a new pet.

If you hate them enough you can always move from Ontario to a place with a drier climate like here in Alberta. I've only ever once seen one of those things out here, and I think that was one that hid in luggage I packed in Ontario.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 3, 2009 11:29AM)
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On 2009-05-03 10:45, The Scary Librarian wrote:
...and make a mad dash for the bathroom heater...[/quote]

I think you scared it, Scary! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (May 3, 2009 12:46PM)
I'd say get some bug spray, Raid or something. You could grab an insectacide that's earth friendly, but the ones I've tried don't seem to work very well. Also, Have something handy to smack the critter in case he makes another appearance while your spraying.
Good luck.
Bob.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 3, 2009 12:48PM)
In all seriousness...

Look for more. One bug is not an infestation. Clean out everything near where you saw it. If there are more, you've got some work to do. If there aren't you have a cleaner and tidier cupboard.

John
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (May 4, 2009 04:35AM)
We're all God's creatures. Some look prettier than others but we all have a purpose in life. Try to see the good and find its beauty but don't killl it, if you don't need a room mate then open the door and shoo it out.
Message: Posted by: MAKMagic (May 4, 2009 06:46AM)
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On 2009-05-04 05:35, Justin Style wrote:
We're all God's creatures. Some look prettier than others but we all have a purpose in life. Try to see the good and find its beauty but don't killl it, if you don't need a room mate then open the door and shoo it out.
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lol Justin? You in there bro?!
Message: Posted by: The Scary Librarian (May 4, 2009 10:05AM)
I'm not going to kill it, Justin. I can't even find it anymore! Have you ever tried to shoo one of those out the door?
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (May 4, 2009 10:10AM)
I don't know about shooing one, but to shoe one would take about 100 pairs!
Message: Posted by: Steve_Mollett (May 4, 2009 06:54PM)
Additional note: what you probably saw was a centipede, a common pest; nasty critters with a painful bite. The legs extend from the sides.

Millipedes, on the other hand, are harmless, generally larger, and have the legs located on their underside.

Oh and if you want to see something particularly ugly, look up "Jeruselem Cricket" (aka 'Potato Bug').
Message: Posted by: landmark (May 4, 2009 09:25PM)
Steve, you know more about bugs than a man ought rightly to know.
Message: Posted by: Steve_Mollett (May 5, 2009 08:42AM)
That's because I'm a little 'buggy.'
Message: Posted by: The Scary Librarian (May 5, 2009 10:11AM)
Thanks Steve, that clears it up. It was a centipede. I'm hoping it crawled up to my neighbour's apartment!
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (May 5, 2009 11:09AM)
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On 2009-05-05 11:11, The Scary Librarian wrote:
Thanks Steve, that clears it up. It was a centipede. I'm hoping it crawled up to my neighbour's apartment!
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You say that now, but just wait until the corpse starts to stink...
Message: Posted by: The Scary Librarian (May 6, 2009 09:52AM)
Believe me, it will be worth it!!!!

:)
Message: Posted by: stanalger (May 6, 2009 05:56PM)
http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-centipedes.htm

Centipedes rarely bite people.

Google "house centipede" for more info...and cool pictures.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (May 6, 2009 08:19PM)
I don't see them too often, but as long as they're outside, I like having centipedes around. I'll find them when I clean up the wood pile; they like the moisture and can feast on other insects and spiders. Their bites aren't that bad. Although, like a bee sting, you can have an allergic reaction. It's best to pick them up with something else (a stick, stiff paper, cardboard, etc.).
Since they like moisture, make sure you don't have any leaky pipes or fittings in your bathroom. Also, make sure you don't have any holes were your pipes come through your floor/wall, as many critters can come through there. I fill any holes with steel wool and duct tape.