Friday, 25 May 2012

Eek!!

I'm not too keen on creepy crawlies but since moving to Turkey I've got used to seeing a lot more of them than I did in England.

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.

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  1. Oh god, that's gross. Hope it's not poisonous ! How are you feeling?!

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    1. I'm feeling OK KV (apart from being freaked out). I shook it off so quickly that I don't think it had time to do too much damage. My finger is sore but not swollen. I've read up on centipede bites so if I develop any other symptoms I'll get myself off to the hospital.

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  2. we have those (or something very similar) here in Florida! no I don't like thinking of creatures crawling over me in the night! I once lived in an upstairs apartment which was crawling with roaches...the management was constantly spraying! but they were everywhere, in every room! I was always wondering if they were crawling over Don and I while we slept. YIKES!

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    1. Oh Theanne that's horrible. I'm pretty certain I'm going to be staying awake tonight!!

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  3. I can cope with four, six and even eight-legged creatures but more than that and I too am likely to freak out. This is truly horrible and has given me the shudders. I do hope you don't find any more - presumably, if you've lived in Turkey all this time and not come across one before, they are not too common. We have to convince ourselves as well that they do, on the whole, try to avoid us! Axxx

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    1. Yes Annie. I keep telling myself that it was probably more scared of me screaming and flinging it across the room. I have to admit I'm wary about putting my hand in the washing machine now!

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  4. Oh yuk! I think I'd have died of a heart attack on the spot, Ayak - I'm not a fan of any kind of creepy-crawlies, and the more legs the worse they are! I used to be amember of a community in London that ran a hostel for overseas students, and at least one of the buildings was infested with cockroaches. As I was the senior woman on the community, and head of the House Team, I was supposed to be responsible for dealing with things like that, but NO WAY could I cope! Fortunately I had a chap on my team who could, so I delegated that part of the duties to him!! I have a mega phobia about arachnids of all types (even mini-spiders) as well. Good job I have a Better Half to deal with them. Hope you don't suffer any ill effects form the bite.

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    1. Hi Helva. I think cockroaches are quite disgusting creatures and fortunately haven't seen any in this house. Good thing you had someone willing to deal with them.
      I am fine thanks. It's a few hours now so I think I'd have noticed any ill effects by now.

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  5. As someone who still has issues with the biggest spiders, I admire your ability to cope, Ayak. I too would have screamed and shaken it off and would have had difficulty picking it up and disposing of it. Well done!

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    1. Oh don't admire my ability to cope Perpetua. I was a quivering wreck, but I was on my own and had no choice! Although what possessed me to pause and take a photo I'll never know...shock probably!

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  6. You get all sorts of 'things' here...I check my shoes before putting them on!


    I know what you mean about being a quivering wreck but having to cope being on your own...there was a terrible din outside so I went running and found a jaguar having a go at our drake....it must have been thick as it hadn't carted him off.
    I bellowed and waved the dung fork at it and it let him go and shot off - with a baby in tow which emerged from the bushes behind.
    I sorted the drake out and then felt weak at the knees...

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    1. Oh my god Fly...a jaguar! My centipede pales into insignificance in comparison. No wonder you felt weak at the knees!

      Yes I always check my shoes too.

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    2. It must have come closer than normal to the house to feed the cub which - in the brief moment I saw it - looked adorable.
      It's been spotted for the last week and had a couple of Heraldo's chickens.
      Needless to say I didn't know it was a jaguar when I went hurtling out!

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    3. Well you wouldn't have had time to think Fly. The adrenaline just kicks in doesn't it and it's not until after the event that it really hits you.
      I once faced someone with a knife in my former career in mental health. I stayed calm for almost an hour until the situation was diffused. Afterwards I was shaking from head to foot, and it didn't stop for hours.
      Do be careful though won't you? xxx

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  7. So sorry about your bite.....just the look of those creepy crawlers sends me over the edge. YUK!!!!!
    They move to fast for me so if I see one and my husband is not home I quickly get my super-hold hairspray (from my older curly rock star hair days)and spray that thousand leg crawler so he freezes and then I can remove it ...EEEKKKK!!! and YUK!!!!! Hope your bite is better. :-)

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    1. Well that's an interesting way of stopping them in their tracks Erica! My bite wasn't too bad. No other after effects. I think I managed to shake him off before he did too much damage.

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