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What in the living HECK is this thing?!

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posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 07:49 PM
@AdminX just to say that the silverfish is from a different family of insect (Lepismatidae) (Lepisma saccharina) it eats books and wallpaper.

here's a pic. havent seen one in ages

another one (adult)

[edit on 17-6-2009 by Picollo30]

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 08:25 PM

Those little multi-legged fellows are very cool. They will eat the other insect residents of your home, including arachnids... Nice photo.

I need all the help I can get- this place was uninhabited for 2-3 years (the person who owned it got sick, had to move out of state)... So, I am a caretaker who pays a ridiculously low rent.
Anyways- it's been a pitched battle against pests in here.. They got entrenched while the place was closed up- mostly those HUGE palmetto bugs- and blasted sugar ants- the small black ones. I cant use poison as much as I'd like (the aforementioned cats)- otherwise, this place would be laced in every crack, crevice and seam. So far, I've sent a HUGE % of them packing- had to break down and get boric acid for the ants. The colony was aggressive enough that a single tiny crumb of food could have a turnout of dozens of ants. The ant baits did little to nothing for whatever reason.

So, as long as they don't scare me out of a century's growth, or crawl on me while I'm in bed- me and these insects will be good friends. I cant vouch for the cats....

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 09:35 PM
I am in NC as well. Our older lake/vacation house used to be overrun with these things. Waking up and seeing more that one (big rascals) going across the ceiling over my bed was the end of insect/human detente. Pick an afternoon, go visit somewhere, with the kitties, and bug bomb the house back to the stone age. They do seem to like areas that are more damp (bath/kitchen).

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 09:41 PM
Wow that thing sure is gross looking. Common household centipede.
Not a one-liner.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 09:52 PM
I think I rather share my tub/house with Big Foot then this little guy.
Their interesting and stunning but I can not handle bugs I don't know why either the vets office we use to take our animals to when I was little was crawling with these things and I'd always "save" them because they would put out traps for them, but now I just can't handle bugs.

Thanks for sharing though OP brought back some nostalgia and he sure is a neat little bugger.

And thanks for letting him go free not many people would do the same.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 10:15 PM
Find them in my house sometimes, they get really huge

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 10:25 PM
I wouldn't recommend smashing a silverfish, it leaves a very nasty mess. And damn they move fast.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 10:33 PM
"I kill em on sight, that is if I can catch em, they have some sort of omni direction turbo thrust units attached to them, so consider yourselves warned."

no truer words have ever been spoken. also, if u see 1, that means theres probably a few hundred more hiding in your walls. sleep tight.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 11:34 PM
I saw a few at my grandma's years ago. One jumped from the top of a 7 foot door opening landed on the ground and ran away!

posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 06:34 AM
Interesting creature! I sometimes have similar to this in the bathroom, but smaller
If I'm not wrong they like wet places.

posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 07:12 AM
I caught the same thing a few months ago, and the funny thing is... read my headline:

Oh and this thing is a Scutigera coleoptrata Dont let it crawl on you, it has a poisonous bite.

more info

[edit on 19-6-2009 by Phlegmi]

posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 12:06 PM
Some centidpedes can grow to a foot in length and are very poisonous. I do not know about that one though, I personally am creeped out by them.

posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 01:44 PM
reply to post by tamusan

If they eat spiders they're alright by me...

I loathe spiders with every fibre of my being...

posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 02:39 PM

Originally posted by ADMIN X
Yeah they can grow HUUUGE and do inflict a quite painful bite as well.
Scientifcally known as "Scutigera coleoptrata ", but more commonly "The house centipede or Silverfish"

That is incorrect! These are not known as silverfish.

The silverfish is a highly destructive insect not a centipede.

This is a silverfish..


Lepisma saccharina (commonly called the fishmoth, urban silverfish, or just silverfish) is a small, wingless insect typically measuring from a half to one inch (12–25 mm). Its common name derives from the animal's silvery light grey and blue colour, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements, while the scientific name indicates the silverfish's diet of carbohydrates such as sugar or starches. It belongs to the basal insect order Thysanura, a group estimated to have existed for over 300 million years, at least since the Paleozoic Era.[1]

This is not a bug you want in your house, in fact if you see one do something about it immediatly (where there is one there are a hundred)

The favorite food of silverfish is any matter that contains starch or polysaccharides, such as dextrin in adhesives. These include glue, book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, hair, and dandruff. Silverfish can also cause damage to books, tapestries, and textiles. Silverfish will commonly graze in and around showers, baths, and sinks on the cellulose present in many shampoos, shaving foams and so on. Apart from these cases, the damage caused by silverfish is negligible and they have no direct effect on human health beyond psychological distress to those who are frightened or disgusted by their appearance, or to those whose books have been destroyed by the creatures. Other substances that may be eaten include cotton, linen, silk and synthetic fibers, and dead insects or even its own exuvia (moulted exoskeleton). During famine, a silverfish may even attack leatherware and synthetic fabrics. In extreme cases, silverfish may live for one year without eating.[2] Silverfish can be found anywhere in homes including, but not limited to, garages, closets, underneath beds, couches, and in electrical appliances where food can be found, such as computer keyboards. They generally prefer dark areas.

[edit on 19-6-2009 by DaMod]

posted on Jun, 20 2009 @ 11:55 AM
i think its just a centipede but it might be rare or something....?

[edit on 20-6-2009 by ParaZep]

posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 03:34 PM
It is a house centipede. I caught a couple of them in my dorm room.

posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 05:28 PM

Originally posted by ParaZep
i think its just a centipede but it might be rare or something....?

[edit on 20-6-2009 by ParaZep]

Nope not rare. The exact opposite in fact.

posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 05:44 PM
You call that thing a centipede? That's a harmless bug. THIS is what you can come across if you're down in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic.

Rare, but you'll never forget it as long as ya live.

or this:

I've seen em. Pretty radical. Stay AWAY. They are fast, very fast. And IF you manage to step on one you had better find a hose. Cause it's messy. REAL messy.

[edit on Wed Jun 24th 2009 by TrueAmerican]

posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 06:13 PM
Why oh why did I come into this thread? Man, those things freak me out! Spiders too! I run away screaming "kill it! Kill it!" LOL

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 09:10 AM
*gag* I had the misfortune of having one of these things in my mouth one morning. It had fallen into my glass of water during the night, and bleary eyed the next morning I took a big mouthful of water. Something tickled my lip, so I wiped it, thinking it was water, only to find some legs....

thankfully I spat the water (and the occupant) out. They've given me the heebee jeebee's ever since.

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