Here's the SECOND worst thing about living here https://imgur.com/a/mJH2dki
There's a juicy one in my bedroom somewhere I can't find it but I know it's in here *shudders*
Tied for second, possibly first
I think these are tied with first for sure.
I will put poisonous stingers above creepy-crawlies any day of the week
Omfg how big is it?! What is it?!?!!
Sun spider. Probably about as long as your pinky. Maybe a bit smaller. They aren't venomous and rarely bite, but can be aggressive if threatened and will fight others of their own species to the death.
Never actually seen one around here. Black Widows on the other hand...
I used to get them when I lived between Coors and the River. I read that they are a lot more common west of the river-- in ABQ anyway.
14 years here and I too have never seen one.
Centipedes eat EVERYTHING in your yard/house that you don’t like. They are like little tiny exterminators. They eat cockroaches, ants, spiders, you name it.
They should be praised because they are basically the Orkin man but for free and don’t use all types of chemicals to kill the bugs.
Ok, but how do I keep them all out of the house and in the yard where they belong? I have a clean house, but the bugs still find their way in (sometimes).
So, to prevent any mass incursion, I spray my house entrances, yard walls, and put out bait.
I'd like a green solution, but don't know any good or effective ones.
I agree finding green solutions to bugs is tough. That’s what centipedes are for tho lol. They look like an alien species and can be a little scary looking but they do way more good than harm. How many stupid little spider bites have you got compared to centipede bites? I’ve never even had a centipede bite. They are for all intents and purposes harmless to humans.
I've never had a spider bite. Usually they stick to their little corner and don't mess with me while eating the same bugs as the centipede.
You must have some big spiders if they are eating everything a centipede is. Also you’ve never had a spider bite? Really?! I find that incredibly hard to believe. Maybe you’ve never seen a spider actually bite you but I’m willing to bet you’ve been bitten before and didn’t know it
Dude my mom was bitten by a large centipede that found its way INTO HER BED and bit her ankle. She had a giant red painful spot for a month afterwards. Centipedes are venomous. FUCK THAT. Ill take spiders over centipedes all day
That sucks. It’s important to remember the plural of anecdote is not data tho.
You're absolutely right, they are amazing at killing household pests. Despite that though, their body shape and the way they move creep me out more than cockroaches or spiders.
They're consistently the only animal/bug/etc that we have locally that just trigger some deep primal disgust in me.
That is a well and fine till they craw into bed with, and bite you on the chest. Then you get to experience skin necrosis. Thankfully in my case it was a small bite. But centipedes are no longer welcome in my house. (I do let House centipedes stay. They never bother me.)
My comment was in response to OP’s title. I was trying to list some of centipedes hallmarks. You can see where I commented further up that the plural of anecdote is not data, which is equally applicable to your story.
I've yet to see one of those here. I had them in my house in Hawaii all the time.
Same here, I moved from Maui 10 years ago and haven’t seen a centipede since. Good riddance.
I've also never seen any of our scorpions, which makes me a little sad. Black widows on the other hand are flipping everywhere.
Buy a 395nm (or 365nm) flashlight-- about $10-$15 on amazon, and head out after dark. I live up near Tramway in the Tanoan area, and they were all over the place last summer. Under visible light (during the day) they are nearly impossible to see. Their camouflage is insanely good. They contort their bodies and look like a little pile of pebbles. But under blacklight, they glow green or blue, depending on which wavelength you use. (Take a regular flashlight so you can see how well they disappear under visible light.)
Might have to wait until later summer though. I didn't see any about a week ago.
I live close to the mesa/petroglyphs, I've been meaning to do just this and go check out the open spaces near me.
Wait, there's a community of people from Hawaii here?!
I don’t know if I’d call it a community exactly, but I know several families that all relocated around the same time as mine
Same. Chop them up in half with the fly swatta.
Also, didn't know there were Hawaiians here. If you see two white cars with Hawaii stickers in ABQ, throw a shaka at us!
You know it brudda.
Whoa didn’t know they lived there. Welp. Fuck that. Never moving to Hawaii
The ones here from my understanding are cute and cuddly compared to the ones in Hawaii. One day I walked into my bedroom and on the wall in front of the door, at eye level, was a centipede that was just shy of a foot long.
OH GOD. I used to live in Samoa -- my third day there, a foot-long monster from the pit came out of my laundry basket. While I was grabbing clothes. I was ready to start swimming back to the mainland then and there.
(god why am I in this thread.)
I’m sorry you had to burn the whole house down. It’s what any sensible person would do
My wife had one crawl up the coffee table and onto her leg when I wasn't home one day. I'm shocked she didn't burn the house down. We also had dozens of cute little lizards that lived in the rafters and pooped on everything. They would have conversations with each other across the house. Didn't mind them, since I rarely found a mosquito in the house.
I haven’t seen one of those yet but plenty of roaches. I hate how fast they move, it creeps me out. I am not usually bothered by bugs.
I just bought a plant and found a baby one in the soil. Not like newborn but about a 1 1/2 inch long one. Burned him down with a lighter. Scared the crap out of me some reason
I can spray for the centipedes. Nothing seems to get rid of the shitty politicians.
What innthe holy fk is that thing????
Giant desert centipede.
I occasionally get a prickly sensation in my appendages due to bad circulation (like when your legs "fall asleep")-- if I am sleeping on my arm for instance. Well, if I am actually asleep, I'll dream that one of these things is clutching onto me with all its legs, causing the real prickly uncomfortable feeling of my arm or leg being asleep.
Yeah, I don't like those dreams.
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