A while ago I wrote about My Aversion to Thousand-Leggers or millipedes or centipedes, or whatever they’re called. That post has continued to get some comments that are horrifying! Here is the scariest one:
EEEWWW!!! I ABSOLUTELY HATE THESE THINGS!!! One day, while cleaning my bathroom, I pulled the shower curtain back and threw it over the curtain rod to get it out of the way. As I did this, I felt something land on my head, in my hair. I didn’t think much of it. I just thought maybe it was a drop of water from the curtain since my husband had just got out of the shower, and the curtain was still wet. I went to wipe it off with my hand, and to my horrible surprise, it wasn’t wet. I felt a large, squishy, “fuzzy”… thing. Not knowing what it was, I freaked. I swiped it out of my hair, and watched it fall and land in the tub. It was a thousand legger!!! EEEK!!! He hit the floor of the tub and tried to scurry to safety in the drain. Safety??? I don’t think so!!! There is no “safety” for a thousand legger in MY home!!! I kill ‘em as I see ‘em!!! Well… my hubby usually kills ‘em as HE sees ‘em, but he had already left for work. So, it was up to me.
I grabbed my bottle of shower cleaner and commenced to drowning the bugger in a pool of bleach. However, to my chagrin, he laughed at my attempt to destroy him. He turned around and ran up the side of the tub… toward ME!!! Convinced that it was either do, or die; him, or me… I took action. I squished him with my shoe. VICTORY!!! To ensure that this disgusting creature was gone, and never, ever coming back… I scooped him up in a paper towel, dumped him in the toilet, and sent him on a final trip along the “porcelain expressway”. YAY!!!
The art of killing them is the same as killing any other intruder. A good, heavy swat of a shoe will do the job. However, to keep them from showing their ugly faces again… I have been informed to air out, and keep dry any areas of the home that may retain moisture. They prefer dark, damp areas. They typically hibernate during the day, and come out at night to eat… other insects. So, I was also told to control any other insects in the home. Try not to supply them with a “buffet”. Also, clear out any dead or decaying plants, leaves, etc… outside, around the home. I was told they like to hang out there, as well. So, if you can keep the inside of your home free of excess moisture, and keep other insect invasions at bay, and clear out any thousand-legger-friendly plants from outside… HOPEFULLY, you shouldn’t see too many of these nasty creatures. Good luck to all!!!
Thank you Cortney! As soon as I finish shuddering I’m going to put more fans in the bathroom. It doesn’t matter how many people tell me that “they’re good – they eat other bugs.” I don’t like them!
These nasty creatures seem to be most abundant in Pennsylvania. Anybody in other states plagued with them?