WARNING: Just for you, Jennster....the following post may be hazardous to your mental stability!
My last post showed a few pictures of some creepy little dudes. Many of you wanted to know what the HELL they were. So, here is a short Entomology lesson. (And no, I am not that smart, I did just Google, "study of insects" to find the proper terminology.)
"As per Wikipedia: The Rhaphidophoridae or Cave crickets have very large hind legs with "drumstick-shaped" femora and long, slender antennae. They are brownish in color and rather humpbacked in appearance, always wingless, and up to two inches/5 cm long in body and 10 cm (4 inches) for the legs. As the name implies, cave crickets are commonly found in caves. Occasionally, they prove to be a nuisance in the basements of homes in suburban areas."Nuisance really isn't the word for it, especially a few years ago when the mo' fo's nested in our crawl space's insulation. We were INFESTED with them. Every time I went into my downstairs bathroom, I quite literally got the shit scared out of me. I'd be sitting there, minding my own business, and one would come jumping AT ME!
"Given their limited vision, cave crickets will often jump towards any perceived threat in an attempt to frighten it away. Their large hind legs allow them to jump high and far."Not only that, but they are extremely fast. They can jump and land sideways on things so its very easy to lose sight of them. I find the best way to deal with them is to whip a towel at them, like you would to crack someone in the butt. Works like a charm.
"To avoid starvation, they have been known to devour their own extremities, even though they cannot regenerate limbs."Okay, that's just plain disgusting and a whole lot of freaky.
"Their long legs have caused them to be more commonly referred to as "sprickets" or "spickets", a blending of "spiders" (whose legs they resemble) and "crickets"."That's exactly what they look like. It's as though a spider and cricket DID IT. That's probably why I get so frantic when I see one. A big old spider looking thing that JUMPS AT YOU while you are sitting on the john is enough to scare the Bejeezus out of anyone.
So there you have it. The answer you craved. Now, Jennster? Are you ready?
Wait for it............