Something horrible happened to me on Saturday night…
It was the middle of the night and I was half asleep in bed (only half asleep because of the tap dancing ‘child within’ and the snoring ‘baldy boy’) when I felt something fall onto my cheek. I brushed whatever it was off my cheek with my hand, thinking it was a lock of hair. But as I flicked it I realized to my horror that it was a millipede.. and worse I had just flicked into the middle of our bed!
I jumped up and threw back the doona and started a systematic sweep of the bed to find the little bugger and get rid of it! Thankfully I managed to flick it onto the floor without any trouble, even in the darkness, but I still had to go through the whole bed (well my side as baldy boy snored through the whole thing) to make sure there were no other ‘visitors’ in there.
Finally satisfied that the bed was clear I tried to go back to sleep… but you know, when your heart is racing and the adrenaline pumping all you can think about is the horror you have just been through and sleep is far far from your mind. Every time I closed my eyes I saw little black millipedes in places they definitely should not be.
What if I hadn’t been half awake.. would I have even noticed the visitor?
What if I had been sleeping on my back, with my mouth open (Ok not a pretty site but I have to admit it does happen on occasion)…. it would have fallen from the wall above me right into my mouth!
So I didn’t go back to sleep for ages just mulling over the revolting little buggers that are invading our house yet again this year. Now most creepy crawlies don’t bother me much. I am a live and let live kind of person… as long as they don’t want to live on ME! But the millipedes are particularly creepy… and they seem to turn up in their thousands at this time of the year.
Granted last year the infestation was worse.. I suspect the dry, warmer weather is holding them back a little this year… but it is obvious they are coming. After the rain on Saturday they were heading indoors in their hundreds. Usually we just sweep them up and burn them in the fire, try to keep on top of them each day so they don’t get too overwhelming and since we haven’t been able to come up with any other way of dealing with the suckers. But now I am thinking about some kind of toxic chemical? I’d happily spray my whole house with highly carcinogenic chemicals if it meant I didn’t have to think about any more 3am visitors in my bed!
Ah the joys of country life!