Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Unwelcome company

Update: Thanks to my friend Cindy, and fellow blogger friend Jennifer, for identifying this bug as a "house centipede". Still makes me shiver to look at the picture. The information Cindy sent me via email says that these are harmless little creatures that like to live in dark, wet areas; hence the reason he was in my laundry room. We've been getting a ton of rain her lately, so maybe that is why I got to meet one of them. They also eat spiders. Okay enough talk...I can't even think about them without doing a full body shiver.


{disclaimer....anyone who reads my blog that does not want to see insect pictures may want to skip over today's post}


So... the other night I was cleaning out some paint brushes late at night after painting our basement. I was pretty sure I saw something out of the corner of my eye crawling down the wall. I looked over and sure enough, it was the GROSSEST bug I had ever seen. Now, I'm not scared of bugs; but I don't necessarily seek them out either. I don't normally freak out about them, just keep my distance. After shuddering a couple times looking at it, I got out my camera. I had never ever seen a bug like this. [Side note: Last night I quickly learned how to use my camera in a dimly lit area, and get a good close up shot, without actually getting close. Believe me, I would've never gotten as close as these pictures seem.]

Now...I don't know what this thing is; and neither does Steve. Do any of you?? Anybody good at bug identification?

Blech..that's all I gotta say. The worst part of it is after I came back to the laundry room after showing Steve the picture......the bug was GONE. He is still loose. That.gives.me.the.shivers.



So anyone, anyone??? Anyone know what this thing is?
(pay no attention to the poor paint job and the dust in the back corner of my laundry room)

9 comments:

Michelle said...

Oi! I know what it is - too icky to be allowed!! I live out in the country and am used to sharing my world with many legged things, but I do believe that one would just give me the willies all night...

Josephine said...

I don't know, but I had a close encounter with one of these once when I put on a pair of rubber gloves to go and clean a bathroom at work, and felt something prickly inside......

Kristen said...

Ew ew ew!!! I braved the pictures but I am so glad I backed away from the computer screen while I scrolled down. Even in picture form I don't want to be close to it!! Ew! Hope you get that hideous creature dead! Would a bug bomb work I wonder?

Jennifer said...

We have those here, too. Ugliest monsters ever. They are house centipedes. Freakiest looking things, but they eat spiders, so we try to feel ok about them. I freak when I see the really huge ones that are at least 2 or 3 inches long. Eeeeeek!

Lisa said...

Eeeekk!!

I don't think I could sleep at night knowing that little monster was running loose through my house.
Those are definitely not here on the west coast!

K said...

I hate, hate, hate those bugs. I think they are some kind of centipede. They came up out of the bathtub drain in our old house a couple of times. I made James kill them. They are so gross and make my skin crawl just to think about them. Ewww....

Keeslermom said...

You were right, he loved it. Wants to come over and play with it, maybe take it home. Great. We need more ugly, scary bug pets around here.

Tyler said...

All I can say is...EEEEEWWWWWW!!!!

Diane, Tyler's mom

Becca said...

OMG, was doing okay (kinda) until I got to Josephine's comment. AAAAAAAARGH.

Friendly Lurker over'n'out - and considering setting up a search and destroy mission for the cats.