House Centipedes – What Are They?

However, although they are referred to as centipedes, they actually do not have that many legs on them as they are only equipped with 15 pairs of very agile legs (which gives them good sprinting abilities). They are also gifted with mandibles that they use to chew on their prey and a set of modified elongated legs that serve as their main weapon against their target and against those who wish them harm.

While these insects are considered harmless to humans (they have venom that can be delivered through stings that are built into their modified legs but are barely capable of delivering more than a slight stinging and mild localized pain), their mere looks make them one of the most hated and feared of house pests.

The funny thing about house centipedes is that, aside from their nasty good looks, there is really nothing to fear or hate about them because they are actually beneficial to any home’s pest control efforts. They are insectivores that prey on fellow arthropods and insects which means they help you control the population of house pests or any other insect infestation you may have inside and outside your home. However, for those who have little tolerance for them, this is not enough justification to let them roam freely around your home.

Here are more factual bits about the house centipede:

There are actually two species of house centipedes: the Scutigera colioptrata and the Allothereua maculate. The former is a species that is thought to have originated from the Mediterranean and has spread through Europe, North America and Asia while the latter is a species that is endemic in Australia.

They feed on insects and arthropods which may include bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, spiders, silverfish, ants, wasps, and other garden variety pests like grubs in lawn, millipedes, etc. They are known to be nocturnal creatures would hide beneath concrete slabs, inside walls, inside boxes or in any damp and dark places where they can get moisture and hide out till it gets dark (they are sensitive to light).