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rockysg1
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Good Morning/Afternoon,

I have a question concerning insects in the house. I use to live in Hawaii where we had the occasional flying roach and lizards, surprisingly not many mosquitoes I can remember, and we all lived together fine. The one visitor I could not get along with was the centipede. I had one get in my bed and crawl on my foot, I had nightmares for weeks (it was huge!) I also have children so I don't want them to get bitten by one, it can be pretty painful. Anyone have experiences with these? and if so how do you deter them from coming into your home? Thanks

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2011 1:42 pm
Bombi
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Spray in front of your doors nightly and do a perimeter spray around your house about once a month

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:00 pm
Hiya!
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If you live here you will have an experience with them sooner or later ( I don't mean getting bit, just seeing them). The only solution is to spray your house. Some people like to do it themselves. We spray every month and might see one in the house but 9 times out of 10 it is dying.

The bite can be painful, always keep benedryal on had, which I'm sure most parents do. And be sure to keep plain benedryal on had for pets. You have to educate the kids on being careful picking up things if they are outside, etc

Believe it or not the centipede is not the worst thing on the island, the brown recluse is. It's not native to the islands but it has made it it's home. By the nature of the bug, people do not get bit often, it trys to avoid humans, but it seems to have a high risk of staph infection.

I don't mean this to sounds scary, chances are good if you spray once a month you will not see centipedes, you will see gongalos (millipedes), nothing kills them but they are harmless. You will definitely see lizards/geckos. The island also has it's far share of rats/mice, just depends where you live. Never had a problem with roaches here, but ants love the island. Usually it's just "crazy ant's" which do not bite, but you must keep your kitchen very clean. And we have several types of termites. But generally you are not going to see most things if you spray.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:15 pm
Bombi
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I got bitten by a centipede a few weeks ago. It stung like a bee sting for a few hours then just sore for a day. I agree about the spiders,bad.
Tell your kids to never reach into a bush, get a stick.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 3:33 pm
Iris Tramm
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Good Morning/Afternoon,

I have a question concerning insects in the house. I use to live in Hawaii where we had the occasional flying roach and lizards, surprisingly not many mosquitoes I can remember, and we all lived together fine. The one visitor I could not get along with was the centipede. I had one get in my bed and crawl on my foot, I had nightmares for weeks (it was huge!) I also have children so I don't want them to get bitten by one, it can be pretty painful. Anyone have experiences with these? and if so how do you deter them from coming into your home? Thanks

As a matter of fact, I killed a six-inch centipede on my bedroom floor just this morning. I have pics. F'er made the most disgusting POP when I stepped on him. Ugh.

IT

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Posted : January 19, 2011 4:45 pm
nativegirl13
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We use Terminix exterminator services - $50 for the whole house (4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 kitchens) and perimeter outside. I found 1 centipede in my duvet cover as my 2 month old and I were nursing last summer - I went nuts (i think somehow my flat sheet touched the floor and it made its way up that way.) I haven't really seen any since using the service - they come out especially during the hotter months; May/June - September.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 4:53 pm
rockysg1
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Thanks for the advice. We have brown recluses and black widows here in CA. Never see them in the house but other spiders (wolf spider, pretty scary looking) have been caught in the home. I don't mind harmless creatures, we actually have a bearded dragon as a pet and the kids feed him crickets and some have gotten loose in the house lol. I have come in contact with some pretty vicious ants in South Carolina and Puerto Rico. I have been bitten by various things over the years nothing serious, but I am mostly concerned about my kids, they know not to touch animals and insects outside but when we are asleep you never know what can make it into the bedroom.

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2011 4:58 pm
rockysg1
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Well I will definitely give terminex a call!

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2011 5:04 pm
Hiya!
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They get into the bed if you let your linens touch the ground. So a bed high off the ground is a good thing. I've know people that have put double sided tape on the legs out of fear. But generally just keep the linens off the floor. If you have close toe shoes it's not a bad idea to check them first too. 🙂

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Posted : January 19, 2011 5:26 pm
islandlola
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Hiya wrote:
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This is one reason we use bed risers where possible. I pick them up at linen stores in the states but someone may sell them here. Risers also create a nice storage space underneath the bed and give the bed linens a nice regal look.

Best,

Islandlola

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Posted : January 19, 2011 7:11 pm
Edward
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I got bitten by a centipede a few weeks ago. It stung like a bee sting for a few hours then just sore for a day. I agree about the spiders,bad.
Tell your kids to never reach into a bush, get a stick.

What were the circumstances? Were you inside or outside?

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Posted : January 19, 2011 7:45 pm
Bombi
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I was sitting in a chair on my gallery watching the sunrise, felt the tickle in my shorts, slapped at it, stung, applied benadryl, went to work. no reaction except for the sting. It looked like little fang bites

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Posted : January 19, 2011 11:11 pm
divinggirl
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WD-40....works wonders on centipede bites & fire ant stings - don't know why but it does!

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Posted : January 20, 2011 12:48 am
Hiya!
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I tried the wd-40 when I got bit and it did nothing, but smell awful. I took benadryl, some asprin, & advil before it started to go away and even then it kind throbbed off and on the next day. Worse then a bee sting but I'm glad I've been bit and don't really fear it anymore.

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Posted : January 20, 2011 1:19 pm
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