For nearly 10 years now, I've lived in a building that is over 100 years old, and every year since I've lived here, only during the warmer summer months, I've had to deal with pests that are commonly known as, "million-leggers"
, ....lemme tell you people something, ...I'm a 33 year old man, and I really don't fear many things in this world, but when it comes to "million-leggers",
LOOK OUT!!! Because I'm outta there!!! I will run out of the building, full speed through peoples back yards, hurdling fences, ...you name it!!! Believe me, I'm much worse than any
woman I've ever met!! It wouldn't be so bad if these things weren't so darned fast, ...by the time you turn your head to fetch a newspaper to squash him with, ...forget about it, that thing is gone, and faster than a speeding bullet! That's where I draw the line, ...I can't live with anything that runs faster than me, no way!!
I mean these things are absolutely hideous looking creatures, and they can be extremely intimidating, ...indeed very creepy!! In this area of the midwestern USA, they are commonly found in older houses, and they love warm, dark, and damp basements. In the past, I've just used a variety of pesticides which seem to work for a little while, but nevertheless as time passes, they eventually do return. The landlord has hired exterminators to spray the entire building, but the Orkin guy even said that these things move around so much that they are extremely hard, and nearly impossible to get control of. I've never have had cockroaches, ...none whatsoever (..I couldn't live with roaches, ..THERE'S JUST NO WAY!!!) No mice either, ...but I think I'd rather have mice than these creepy things.
Although I have become somewhat knowledgeable about these pests over the years, ...I know that they are carnivors, that feed on mostly on spiders and small bugs, and they are in the scorpion family, ...yes, they will/do bite (YIKES!!). "Million-leggers" don't have any interest in humans, BUT if you were to roll over on top of one while you are sleeping or something, ...they will bite you, and although not lethal, they are venomous creatures!!!
NOW, here's my biggest concern, ...obviously, with the recent addition being my 1 yr old polydactyl cat (Spook), I will not be using pesticides any longer. Now, I know that he would love nothing more than for something to come crawling out from under a base-board, so he could pounce on the little sucker, ..I can't help but worry that he could possibly get one in his mouth where he could get bitten and hit w/ venom, ....does anyone know of any cats that have been dosed by the venom of a million-legger??? If so, please advise as to what all had happened. Did it make the cat sick, or even possibly die from it??? I really need to know before spring comes, ...as April or May is usually when they first appear.
Any/all help, advise, suggestions or tips would be very much appreciated.