The freaky, fast, and frenzied House Centipede makes short work of ridding homes from unwanted pests.
House Centipedes have an abundance of legs that are so close together, they are almost feathery. The body is covered with black and yellow mottling with a dark line running down the 'spine'. Fifteen pairs of legs appear crop up around the entire body. Each one has light and dark banding on it. The last pairs of legs on the body are typically the longest. Large compound eyes adorn the head, and males tend to have very long antennae.
As terrifying as these insects may appear, the House Centipede is actually super-beneficial in the under-belly of a home, assisting homeowners in keeping bigger pests such as cockroaches and moths at bay. They are fierce predators and consume many insects a day. House Centipedes move EXTREMELY fast and run with their bodies held high above the ground, almost like floating on air. Only when they stop do they bring their bodies back down to the surface. Their ability to go from 0-60 mph/kmph in half a heartbeat freaks out even the bravest among us. They are not considered aggressive toward people and usually try running for cover when spotted. Though they are unlikely to bite people, they are able to inflict a painful nip if handled.
The House Centipede is a very common sight throughout North America, particularly in indoor locations that have high moisture. They are no stranger to bathtubs and will sometimes emerge from drain holes. Other house locations that they may be found in or around are the crawlspace, the porch area (drawn in by porch lights), and wash basins. They are mostly active at night, but are sometimes seen on or near walls during the day. In warmer climates, they can be found outdoors.
Scientific Name: Scutigera coleoptrata
Other Name(s): Centipede
Size (Adult; Length): 34mm to 35mm (1.33in to 1.37in)
Colors: black; brown; ivory; yellow; white
Descriptors: many legs; extremely fast; large; helpful; biting
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