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    its not a silverfish..
    its a "house centipede"
    Scutigera coleoptrata
    REALLY creepy!!
    bugs dont bug me generally..I even like spiders!
    but these things creep me out!!
    I had a female (platonic!) roomate a few years ago, and we actually had to leave an apartment because of these buggers..she would see them several times a week in her room.
    she just couldnt take it, we had to move!
    (oddly, she saw them WAY more thasn I did! they must be able to sense fear! She was always calling me to come and kill them! and I must admit..I was a bit scared of them too!)
    the big ones could be up to 2 inches long!
    most are in the 1-inch range..
    they are FAST!
    my VFT's used to catch lots of them when we lived there..but they would always be sticking halfway out of the closed traps!
    ugh..
    I like insects!
    but these guys are the one bug I really cant stand..
    fortunately I dont see them anymore!
    but they are quite common in older buildings..

    someone made a webpage about their experience with these guys!
    http://www.math.umd.edu/~schris/scutigera.shtml

    Scot

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    Such cool bugs! For you all "unfortunate" enough to have these, feel free to send them to me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Larry,
    trust me, you dont want them!!
    if you had them where you live, you would want to move!!

    here is the silverfish:



    smaller silverish bug (hence the name)
    no long legs, and a distictive 3-pronged "tail"
    very different from the house centipede.

    Scot

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    Scot, I would keep them in a cage, not let them run wild in my house [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] I think they'd make a great addition to my scorpion/tarantula area.
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    I've seen them before, only once in Roanoke and a few times in Richmond. Luckily none lived in my dorm room, but then I had the giant roaches to keep me company there (shiver).
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