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Bloobliabla
May 9, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Hello, how are you doing?I hope you are all fine
I have a little problem...
Today i saw a creature (looked like an insect to me ) going under my couch.It was black in the size of my palm, circular and it was very fast.I couldnt see it clearly
I think it had many legs but i am not sure because it was very fast
Then me and my friend saw it leaving the couch and going to the kitchen.
My friend saw it closer and she said it was flat, but we cants say for sure because we didnt manage to see it clearly
It didnt look like a mouse or a rat , more like an insect like a spider or something but it was very circular to be a spider
When i lifted the couch i saw some tiny feces like the poops of a grasshopper
I am confused and i cant find it anywhere
Does anyone know what it could be ?I would be grateful
Thank you in advance!

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May 9, 2020 8:25 PM CST
Susuwatari - coal soot sprite from the Miyazaki films matches your description perfectly Smiling

Seriously, I suspect you saw a mouse. They have looked like flat black blotches when I have seen them suddenly running away and their feces are very tiny.
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May 9, 2020 8:34 PM CST
I agree definitely. We had a mouse problem and we would see the little rascal scurrying everywhere. When they first came, we weren't sure what they were because they were too fast to see. We really did think that one of the baby mice was an insect one time.

They would come all around until my dog caught and killed two of them (who ever heard of dogs catching mice?) on my porch. And then, when we got my cat, they left for good. She never caught any, but just the scent of her was enough for them to stay away.
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May 9, 2020 9:44 PM CST
I have a dog that loves to hunt mice. Since mice den in my garden when beans, peas, corn, peanuts or most other things are producing, she is well worth her keep. Get a cat or a little dog.
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May 10, 2020 12:00 AM CST
When mice are in the house they seldom go across the middle of the floor. They scurry along the floorboards against the wall. The best way to get rid of them, if you're not squeamish, is the old fashioned way; the mousetrap. Bait it with little bits of hot dog, salt park, or peanut butter. Place the trap against the wall in an out of the way place, say, in the kitchen, near the fridge. Then wait. They usually come out at night, their most active feeding period. You may need to re bait the trap several times. Mice are seldom singular creatures. If you have one, you usually have more than one. Keep baiting the trap until you don't catch any more.
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May 10, 2020 5:07 AM CST
I thought about it , but the thing is that the poops didnt look like mouse's
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BigBill
May 10, 2020 5:16 AM CST
I am not familiar with Greece in order to know what types of insects that you have but from your description, if it was here, I would think of either a Palmetto Bug, a large 2"+ wood roach, or a water bug of some kind.
They, the water bugs, seem to scurry due to their odd body shape and the fact that they live in the water so leg positioning is different. Do you live near water?
If you live in a warmer climate, I would think wood roach.
Just a thought.
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May 10, 2020 8:46 AM CST
Bill has a good point. Palmetto bugs are big enough to produce some fairly large size poop. Fortunately, they're easy to get rid of. The roach baits sold in big box store work well on them.
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plantladylin
May 10, 2020 9:04 AM CST
If it was the size of the palm of a hand, I doubt it was an insect ... my guess is Mouse.

~ edited to add: Bloobliabla did say it looked like an insect so maybe he/she has a small hand, or perhaps Greece has some large insects. Shrug!
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BigBill
May 10, 2020 9:22 AM CST
You know that we could argue about size until the cows come home! Not once but fifty times! The size of something to the inexperienced eye, OR to an experienced one is the hardest thing to be sure of.
What I get from this description is probably not a mouse. I agree, they usually do not scurry out in the open. But bugs don't either! But the fact it scurried under the couch, doesn't help us either.
The fact that our best witness said round and flat and many legs! THINK about that ROUND!! I think the odds of a spider are very, very good. Think of a round bodied 2-3" spider, then add 8 legs and you get something that could appear to be anywhere from 4-6"
Wide up to something that appears to be 7, 8 or 9" wide. A spider makes more sense.
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ctcarol
May 10, 2020 12:26 PM CST
My thought was Tarantula, but I've never heard of them in Greece.
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May 10, 2020 1:45 PM CST
ctcarol said:My thought was Tarantula, but I've never heard of them in Greece.


And they are not known for their speedy getaways. Hilarious!
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sallyg
May 10, 2020 2:18 PM CST
Fishing spider? I am thinking spider.
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Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:49 AM CST
sallyg said:Fishing spider? I am thinking spider.


Maybe you are right.Thank you very much for the suggestion😊 Thank You!
Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:50 AM CST
ctcarol said:My thought was Tarantula, but I've never heard of them in Greece.


Thank You! ☺☺
Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:52 AM CST
BigBill said:You know that we could argue about size until the cows come home! Not once but fifty times! The size of something to the inexperienced eye, OR to an experienced one is the hardest thing to be sure of.
What I get from this description is probably not a mouse. I agree, they usually do not scurry out in the open. But bugs don't either! But the fact it scurried under the couch, doesn't help us either.
The fact that our best witness said round and flat and many legs! THINK about that ROUND!! I think the odds of a spider are very, very good. Think of a round bodied 2-3" spider, then add 8 legs and you get something that could appear to be anywhere from 4-6"
Wide up to something that appears to be 7, 8 or 9" wide. A spider makes more sense.

Perhaps you are right.And maybe the size was smaller but it moved so fast that we thought it was bigger...
Thank you very much Thank You!
Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:56 AM CST
plantladylin said:If it was the size of the palm of a hand, I doubt it was an insect ... my guess is Mouse.

~ edited to add: Bloobliabla did say it looked like an insect so maybe he/she has a small hand, or perhaps Greece has some large insects. Shrug!

Yeah , maybe, i cant tell for sure that it wasn't
But the feces didn't look like the feces of a rodent
Anyways ...Thank you very much!! Thank You!

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Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:58 AM CST
gardenfish said:Bill has a good point. Palmetto bugs are big enough to produce some fairly large size poop. Fortunately, they're easy to get rid of. The roach baits sold in big box store work well on them.

Thanks very much😁😁
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Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 3:59 AM CST
BigBill said:I am not familiar with Greece in order to know what types of insects that you have but from your description, if it was here, I would think of either a Palmetto Bug, a large 2"+ wood roach, or a water bug of some kind.
They, the water bugs, seem to scurry due to their odd body shape and the fact that they live in the water so leg positioning is different. Do you live near water?
If you live in a warmer climate, I would think wood roach.
Just a thought.

I thought about egyptian cocroach
Greece
Bloobliabla
May 11, 2020 4:02 AM CST
WAMcCormick said:I have a dog that loves to hunt mice. Since mice den in my garden when beans, peas, corn, peanuts or most other things are producing, she is well worth her keep. Get a cat or a little dog.

I already have a dog , a mixed labrador and my dog used to bark to the couch but when i moved it i didnt saw anything

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