As someone who was once a bit scared of spiders, I am now absolutely fine with them. I've seen scorpions and snakes in our garden. I just keep my distance. Fortunately Mr A has now put some powder around the outside of the perimeter wall which will deter them apparently.
Because our house is damp, we tend to get a fair number of millipedes. These also don't bother me. They are quite small and when you pick them up to dispose of them, they curl up into a ball which actually makes it easier.
However, this evening I had the fright of my life. I was putting things into the washing machine when I felt something pinch my finger. I pulled it out immediately, to find a large centipede (around 3 or 4 inches long) attached to my finger. I shook it off violently and screamed. It landed on the kitchen table and I then had to decide what to do with it.
I folded the tablecloth around it, took it outside and shook the cloth over the balcony. Before doing so, I took a photo of it with my phone because I wanted to check it out on the internet. I wasn't actually sure it was a centipede because I'd never seen one this size before.
I can't upload the photo from my phone, but I managed to find a picture of an identical one on the internet, and here it is:
Nasty looking creature isn't it? My finger's a bit sore so it obviously bit me. But I'm more concerned about whether there are any more of them lurking in the house. I somehow don't think I'll get much sleep tonight.