Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Big Hairy Visitor

Just now there was an unbelievably hairy, multi-legged insect - a variety of which I have never seen before -scampering, or lurking (can you combine scampering and lurking...) along the cabinet wall in the pantry.

It was as if a caterpillar and a praying mantis had a really hairy baby

On every other occasion that I have encountered a furry, multi-legged insect of this size I have run screaming from the room calling for K to go and get it.

I really hate bugs.

I especially hate big, hairy, multi-legged bugs. (That are fast moving.)

Even more, I hate killing bugs.

I like them to be killed, I just don't want to do it.

These are the thoughts I have when I think about killing a bug on my own:

What if the bug jumps up and touches my hand?

What if I miss and the bug gets away and then I have to go to sleep in the same house with the mad bug?

What if the dead bug leaves a big slime on me?

Tonight I thought all of these thoughts.

But K is not home tonight and the bug was crawling towards the door of my son's room.

My maternal instict kicked in!


I wielded my slipper and struck.

Giant, unbelievable slime.


Son safe.


Anonymous said...

You have described a house centipede. Go to this University of Arkansas web site for details. Basically harmeless and feeds off of other insects in your house. Hence a friend if somewhat ugly friend.

Oh, The Joys said...

That is TOTALLY what it was. (May the big hairy visitor RIP.)

Anonymous said...

Just killed one in my house....thanks for the blog so I knew what sort of evil beast I was killing!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Your blog is the first thing that came up after I googled "big hairy bug". That is exactly what I have been seeing in my house. I thought I was losing my mind because I have never seen or heard of such a thing. They are so stinking fast. We never have actually caught one to kill it. I am thinking after reading about it that I might want to get an exterminator. Thanks for blogging it anyway. I still have the heeby jeebies thinking about it.