Imagine every single scary bug rolled into one: long spider legs, creepy antennae, long scaly body, and much much larger than your usual house insect. This is what I saw last night while watching Fringe (0f course.). Scary.
However, I had already known such a thing existed because I worked at a cafe where one lived in a drain. I had worked there a year, religiously pouring boiling water down our espresso machine’s drain because my boss would recite the horrors of this bug. I thought she was nuts. She wasn’t. One afternoon I was bending over the drain, alternating boiling water and some poisonous chemical when a giant centipede complete with the above listed scary features crawled out. Not only was it scary but also completely happy hanging out in boiling water and noxious chemicals. WTF?!?! I screamed and then drew a picture and showed it to our regulars (maybe not a good business decision). After much research, I found out it was a Greek House Centipede or Scutigera coleoptrata . I have also learned that these things are pretty harmless and the eat other bugs which is good for keeping a house in order- BUT THEY ARE SO SCARY!
I do not kill bugs; partly because I am too scared to get near them and also because it’s not their fault they are so grotesque. If I can get near enough to them, I will catch them and put them outside where they will probably die a longer, more painful death. That is not my fault- that is Darwin or nature taking its course. Either way- sometimes I can’t get close (last night) or am not fast enough so how do I sleep when I know there is a bug in the room? I picture it with little shoes on its scary legs- makes it a little less threatening. See below.
Scutigera coleoptrata before
Scutigera coleoptrata after