Saturday, March 28, 2009
Creepy Crawly in the Sink!
House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. How is it I'm always the one that has to deal with the creepy crawlies? Get the snake out of the house. Catch the spider. Throw out the lizard. So, when this "little" house centipede showed up in the kitchen sink, I got the job. Needless to say, I never waste a good photo opportunity so here it is in glowing technicolor, adorning the kitchen sink. Creepy or fascinating? Both?
House Centipedes are originally from the Mediteranian but have since naturalized in North America. They are called house centipedes because they like to live in houses (a no no). They prey upon spiders, silverfish, cockroaches, firebrats and carpet beetles. Hah, suddenly they don't look quite as bad, eh? They are capable of biting (but seldom do so) and have a mild venom that will result in temporary, localized redness (okay, not all that great). Still, compared to a brown recluse or a house full of silverfish, maybe they're not all that bad. If you were innocently walking across the floor and you saw one of these heading straight for you (and they are FAST!), perhaps, thinking that your pant leg or dress was a good place to hunt for silverfish, what would you do? Heheh, what do you think I did with mine?