Scutigera Coleoptrata

The Scutigera Coleoptrata is one of the most common long legged centipedes

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Chilopoda

Order: Scutigeromorpha

Family: Scutigeridae

Genus: Scutigera

Species: S. coleoptrata

Binomial name

Scutigera coleoptrata

(Linnaeus, 1758)

They can grow up to 1 to 2 inches and can run pretty quickly (which adds to their terror value) at a rate of about 1.3 feet per second.

The Scutigera coleoptrata is quite venomous and can get you into hospital. It feeds mainly on other insects. It uses it longs legs to sense its environment and pray. You might see them darting across the room, then stop and tap it’s legs. It does this to map it’s environment.

There are many ways to get rid of the house centipede. When you spot one in your place the first thing you need to do is investigate if you have more. Remember they can lay up-to 150 eggs so seeing one could mean there are many!

If you do have an infestation you need to make sure you do not have any water leaks or other moist problems that attracts them. Resolving those is the first step. The best way to spot moist problems are:

  • Condensation on cold surfaces
  • Damp patches on walls and ceilings
  • Mould
  • Musty smells

Question:

I just found one crawling in my bed and I killed it. I am a very clean person and I do not know how it ended up in my bed. It was small and a greyish color. Should I be worried?

Answer:

They are not dangerous. Their pincers can hardly penetrate the skin. They do however inject poison via their front legs. This is not dangerous but some people might have some kind of reaction.

For more information about them, read this very informative article on the different methods on how to get rid of house centipedes.