Okay. Living in the East has many advantages. It is gorgeous. There are four unique seasons. Outdoor activities are varied and plentiful. Living in the East also has its disadvantages. There are four unique seasons; punctuated with humidity and extreme cold. There are also truly menacing-looking, icky bugs. This last one is the worst! I remember when we purchased our home. Our realtor warned us about something called 'Thousand Leggers."
'What is a Thousand Legger?" I asked
'You'll know." was her reply.
Well. She was right! The first time I saw one, I knew this horrible, lightening-fast, gigantic, creepy crawler was a Thousand Legger. After the initial shock and terror and yes, scream, my first thought was KILL IT!!!!!
Killing a Thousand Legger is easier said then done. I mentioned they are lightening fast. I am NOT exaggerating! They are also gigantic! They are most of all, horrible! It is one thing to think about killing a Thousand Legger; it is another thing entirely to actually do it. No paper towel exists that is big enough or thick enough... No description comes close to how yucky and frightening it is to murder the thing. Even our dog Lollipop gets in on the action. She is a crack Thousand Legger-finder. Lolly's ears prick up, even when she seems like she is asleep. Next, she lifts her head, jumps down from the couch and the chase is on! Being the resident bug finder is a great trait in a dog.
In our house, we have "bug" screams. I bet you do too. There are "spider" screams. (Do NOT get me started on spiders.) There are "cricket" screams. (My mother is the resident record-holder for this type.) Then there are "Thousand Legger" screams. Thousand Legger screams coming from the shower are particular favorites of mine. The tile walls of a shower really accentuate the shrill sound.
Anyway, what to do about the critters besides kill them? What to do you ask? There is nothing to do about them...Grin and bear it, count your blessings they are harmless to humans, teach your dog to track and kill the little suckers, check your bed each night and breathe deeply. Oh yeah, maybe sprinkle boric acid about where they critters may be happily hiding. Good luck!
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