Sunday, April 6, 2008

Scary Foreign Monsters

Well, the honeymoon with the USA is definitely over. Today we found this in the house...

Nobody told me they had things like this here! This isn't Australia!

It seems this is a house centipede. A 28 legged insectivore with big spiky pincers and a love of dark damp places. Don't know what he was doing in our house - it may have dodgy electrics and the refrigerator has seen better days (to be frank it has seen better decades), but we have no damp.

There's some nice information on them on Wikipedia, especially this little titbit:

Because they eat household pests, house centipedes are considered among the most beneficial creatures that inhabit human dwellings, but because of their alarming appearance, frightening speed, and painful bite, few homeowners are willing to share a home with them.

Anyway, I took him away and found him a new home far away from the house.

I'll get a dehumidifier, just to reinforce the point.

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