This is a true story. I was watching TV in my living room, minding my own business, when I felt a tickling feeling on my arms. I look down expecting to see a hair or a thread from my shirt. Instead I looked down a saw a multi-legged nightmare as big as my palm casually crawling on me.
First for context, here are a few terrifying facts about centipedes:
They can live up to 7 years
They CAN bite you!
The bite can become swollen and the pain is comparable to a bee sting.
It has venom in it's freakin' legs.
They're nocturnal, so you're more likely to have them crawl on you at night, which is just pure evil.
When it is threatened, the centipede repels its enemy by emitting a foul odour.
As if I didn't already have a reason to panic.
After spotting it, I whipped my hand at the speed of light, which sent the nefarious creature flying toward the wall, where I lost track of it.
Just then, I turned towards my window only to see a second, larger centipede popping out of the drain hole beneath my window. Holy shit that thing was fast!
I ran to grab the nearest object I could find, which happened to be a shoe, and crushed it before I could lose sight of it. I mounted it's head on a spike and left it as a warning to others, then I spend the next hour trying to locate the other one.
Unfortunately I couldn't find it. Which means it's still out there in my apartment somewhere. Worse, now it's seeking revenge.
So why so many centipedes?
It turns out that all that rain we've had this summer has created the perfect breeding grounds for bugs, including centipedes who love damp humid places.
So if you want to get ride of them here a few tips:
Use a fan, air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep your home dry.
Make sure there are no piles of wood or leaves near your house.
If you travel to another part of Quebec, which is also not recommended, you are expected to maintain the rules of your home zone. In other words, if you travel from a red zone to an orange zone and dine in a restaurant, you could face fines for breaking red-zone rules.
Can police break into a person's home without warning?
No. However, if police have reason to believe you are breaking rules for private gatherings at home, they have direct access to a judge who can issue a warrant remotely. This warrant would grant them access to your household rather quickly.
Interregional travel within the province is also not recommended, save for essential purposes like work, shared custody or freight transportation.
While there's a clear difference between the province's recommended rules versus mandatory ones, Quebec has set up travel checkpoints multiple times throughout the pandemic. However, police told MTL Blog the goal of the "awareness points" is to educate drivers, rather than to hand out tickets.
It's currently not recommended to travel within the province, even with those who live in your household.
If you are going from a red zone to a chalet or cottage you own in a different zone, Legault has stated that he expects you to bring your own food and supplies, so as to avoid stores and restaurants in other regions.
Can we visit churches, synagogues, mosques and temples?
Yes. Places of worship are currently open in Quebec red zones, but each location has to comply with limited entry (up to 25 people at a time) and enforce mandatory masks as well as two-metre social distancing. They are also encouraged to set up handwashing stations.
The occurrence of Lyme disease has been increasing rapidly in Quebec for the past several years.
In 2011 there were only 32 reported cases of Lyme diseases, but by 2015, that number had grown to 159. That's because the tick population in Canada has grown 10 times over the past two decades. Since then the number has exploded!
There were almost 1,500 cases across Canada in 2017. That's 50% more than in 2016! And according to experts, Canada is about to be hit with one of the worst seasons yet.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, fever, skin rash and headaches. If left untreated, it can cause heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and even nervous system disorders.
And it's more than just one tick you have to worry about, ticks can live up to 100 days, and they can lay nearly 50 eggs a day.
Anyone who practices outdoor activities needs to watch out for the bugs, especially if they are in areas with tall grass. You must remember to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, tuck your pants into your socks, and use insect repellent.
If you spot a tick on your body, you must remove it immediately with tweezers. Be careful not to squeeze it too hard so it doesn't release more bacteria into your body. Once removed, clean the area with soap.
As of now, six Montrealers have claimed to be attached by a wild coyote over this year, reports CTV. Dogs have also been attacked.
Coyotes, otherwise known as “American jackals,” have always lived in the Montreal area. But now the canis-creatures are growing more aggressive.
Typically nocturnal, coyotes have been popping up in the middle of the day and in traffic-heavy streets like Papineau and Notre-Dame.
Two “coyote trappers” have been hired by the City of Montreal. And if the city is throwing down money to corral up coyotes, then you know it’s a legitimate problem.
As of now, sixteen coyotes have been captured.
But why now? Why are coyotes, an animal that has been part of the Montreal wildlife scene for years, suddenly becoming a problem?
The answer is two-fold, according to CTV. Coyotes don’t have any natural predators in the Montreal-area and people aren’t hunting or trapping them as much anymore.
With no predators or persons trimming down the coyote population, the animal’s local population has swelled.
If you want to avoid a coyote encounter (especially in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, where sightings have been more frequent) then you shouldn’t be leaving any form of food outdoors, recommends a wildlife protection officer.
From loose food waste to your pet’s kibble, keep the food indoors, lest you attract a coyote.
But if you do find yourself caught unawares, staring down a wild coyote, here's a guide on what you should do. Basically, don't run, try to seem as large-and-imposing as possible, and make lots of noise.