A Jibblie Morning

Yesterday morning while I was in the bathroom, Gus was poking around by the sink cabinet. I bent down there to see what he was looking at. It was a centipede! Yikes! It was a small one, but still, the centipedes here have a venomous bite! I shooed Gus away from it and closed the door so he would leave it alone.

The advice I’ve received about centipedes is that you must not try to kill them by stomping on them, because it won’t work, and they might bite you in the process. Chemical poisons take a while to kill them, so they might run away. The best method of taking care of them is scissors – you use scissors to cut them into pieces.

I went to the kitchen to get some tongs and a mixing bowl. I caught the centipede, but it in the bowl, and went at it with the scissors. Its parts kept moving for a long time. Gross.

The quarter is for scale.

The quarter is for scale.

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12 Responses to A Jibblie Morning

  1. Deborah says:


  2. Lauren says:

    Are. You. Kidding. Me.

    That is all.

    Wait, Deborah had it right. JIBBLIE!!!! What the WHAT?!??!?!?! How is this a thing????

  3. Lloyd says:

    I thought that quarter was a dime at first.

  4. Kristi says:

    Dr. Brad at work. YUCK!

  5. Peggy says:

    AHHHHHHHH!!! I have goosebumps just reading this!!

    1. Aren’t those things super fast? How the heck did you catch it?
    2. Do you think this was a baby? I’ve seen pictures of those Hawaiian centipedes & they’re the size of a shoe.
    3. If you do get bit by one, is death instant…..or can you go to the hospital for an anti-venom shot?
    4. Wait. I can probably look up the answer to #3.


    • Brad says:

      1. It wasn’t exceptionally fast. But when I first tried to grab it, I broke off some of its legs, so maybe that slowed it down.
      2. My students said it was a baby version of the big ones.
      3. What Ann said – it hurts like heck, but isn’t deadly to a healthy person.
      4. You might not want to google them. The pictures are disturbing.

  6. Ann Bergman says:

    We were told that the sting of a baby centipede was really really painful too. They have little pointy barbs on each side of their mouth that sting. They are not taking a “bite” out of you. You won’t die (unless you have other medical issues, then maybe) but it hurts like crazy. Rather glad we don’t have them here in Washington state!
    Have a great day, Brad! Ann

  7. Diane Wilson says:

    Ha! I happened to check your blog today! We have had big centipedes (6 inches long) in our bed sheets. They like cool, dry places. Russell has been stung, and it is extremely painful. I usually take a scissors and just cut off the head (fangs). It will crawl away, but it will die. It can no longer hurt you then. When I worked at the hotel, some of the guys would cut off their fangs and let them crawl around on their shoulder. It would freak out the tourists!

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