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A millipede just crawled out from under my crocs. I then had a nervous breakdown. The bug factor in this house is getting so that I am never completely comfortable and can't get a good night's sleep. I hate this. I have so many questions and I don't want to know the answers to them. I just want to move into a hotel room until someone makes my house bug-free.

Oh yeah, and still sick. Skipping everything today: dentist, work, band practice.

Oh yeah, we have a show at Dr. Dremo's Saturday. If you are in NoVA come see it.

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snidegrrl
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Understandable. I doubt we will be going on until 10:30!

"Doors - 8:00
First band: 8:30ish - Thee Lexington Arrows (female fronted garage rock from Baltimore)
Second band: 9-9:30ish - The Paul Joyner Band (Avant Garde Noise Soul)
Third band: 10:30ish - The Jelly Sharks (The best band in the Universe)
Fourth band: 11 1130ish - American Sinner (Really creepy music with violin and accordian - kinda indie rock's answer to Tom Waits on Halloween)"
maroonmd
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hates the bugs!
It may be time to call Orca, or something- Pack up the pets, and take a day trip somewhere!

Also, this might help:
"As a household pest, millipedes are more of an annoyance or nuisance, rather than an indoor-breeding pest that causes destruction. Millipedes normally are found outdoors where they feed on damp and decaying wood, organic material, and will also feed on tender roots and green leaves that have fallen to the ground. Finding these living areas is an important key to millipede elimination.
Homes are invaded (sometimes in huge numbers) either after heavy rainfall (spring through fall) or when searching for a site over winter. This is most common with homes that have ground-level patio doors, basements or other areas that are easily accessible."
snidegrrl
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hates the bugs!
I just found that too. I am going to keep telling myself it was an isolated incident; the one other time I saw one in a place I lived, I never saw another.

I think I might try this stuff if I can find an assurance that it is safe for the kitties:

http://www.thepestdepot.com/dedu1lbbo.html
maroonmd
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Hates the bugs!
Looks good! You might also try some kind of insecticide one the outside, where your kitties don't go. Like around the doorways and windows (especially basement windows).
cheetahmaster
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hates the bugs!
Hey, that's us.
maroonmd
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Hates the bugs!
yep! Explains the couple of millipedes we've gotten.
msteleute
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're sick!! Do you think you'll be ok for Thanksgiving dinner? I hope so!
The only thing that helped with our ant problem at the condo was getting the exterminator in. If you feel you need to get one we can keep your cats at our house for the day or even overnight. We can put them in our bedroom or in Lars office (utility room).
snidegrrl
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
I *really* hope I will not have to stay home tomorrow! I will keep you posted.

I really don't want to have to relocate the cats for any period of time because they really don't handle that well... so that will be a last resort. I really appreciate the offer though, because I know you will take good care of them even though they would probably not be the nicest houseguests.
tzel
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
From the INTARWEB
Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
My husband and I had a similar problem with silverfish last summer. We successfully controlled the situation in a rather short time. Here are some things that will help:

*They are attracted to moisture so if you have the means, run a dehumidifier in your basement. We didn't have the dough to buy a dehumidifier, so we got "closet dehumidifiers"--they look like little tupperware containers with a plastic grate for a lid and you can get them at wal-mart--and placed them in every closet in the house and under all the sinks.

*They are also attracted to paper products and clothing. We cleared out all of our excess paper clutter and made sure loose papers were stored properly. We also packed our sweaters and sweatshirts into large rubbermaid containers and placed moth repellent sachet packets in the containers and in all of our dresser drawers (these things rock b/c they don't smell like mothballs and they repel all kinds of creepy crawlies, not just moths). We also hung moth repellent in every closet in the house--You can get this in the form of a disk attached to a mini hanger; it's very convenient.

*Throw away any cereal or other boxed dry food that has been opened and hanging around for a while. They are attracted to that as well.

*The last thing we did was hit up Lowe's for some heavy duty products. We got an insect repellent made specifically for silverfish, centipedes, milipedes, etc. that you spray at every entryway into your home and into any other cracks or crevices where they may be entering. If the problem is severe, you can also buy bug bombs at Lowe's. You will need to plan on being away from your home for a full 24 hours or more--especially if you have young children and/or pets. My husband and I bought the bombs but never used them b/c the problem cleared up after we did the previous suggestions I offered.

These are the things that really worked for us. I hope you find them helpful!
2 months ago
tzel
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: From the INTARWEB
I think you should stick some of these tubs in your attic and your basement.
snidegrrl
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: From the INTARWEB
Yeah, I had never heard of those. We have a full on dehumidifier down there but it certainly can't hurt.

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snidegrrl
Nov. 23rd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: From the INTARWEB
aw, thanks. i don't know, i'll ask jack. My problem is that dehumidifying the house means that I feel constantly parched, which I hate. i can't win!
snidegrrl
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: From the INTARWEB
Thank you. I am trying not to lose it and I told Jack that we have to take action as soon as possible. I can handle one or two bugs popping up as a fluke but now there are all kinds of things coming in and I can't take it. We will be doing a major cleanup. We will MAKE time. I am not sure what the hell we will do about the paper products, really.
tzel
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: From the INTARWEB
p_sunshine
Nov. 21st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm sorry! Feel better soon.
snidegrrl
Nov. 22nd, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
It is time for the NyQuil, so I sure hope so. :)
georgechance
Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Any professional company will give you a free inspection and estimate on your problem. And yes, I work for Massey Services, which is a Florida/Georgia company that does pest and lawn pest :)
snidegrrl
Nov. 22nd, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Hey you!! Thanks! I am on the verge of calling the professionals, it's true. People keep telling me they can't really help with silverfish, and that's been our main concern before now, which is why I haven't considered it.
georgechance
Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Not sure if there is a different strain of them up there, but they can help with silver fish. Though they are difficult to control.
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