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House Centipede?
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 9:33 AM
Is this a house centipede? I have a LOT of these in my house. In the basement, in the bath tub, in the closets, this one was on the stairs. They have very definite little personalities. One I found in the basement, ran away from me, realized he was in the middle of the room with nowhere to go, looked around, turned back towards me and ran to hide in a pile of laundry at my feet. I found another one on my leg while I was sitting watching tv. The one of the picture was on the stairs. They definitely seem to like people! Do they bite?
Inundated
Chicago, IL

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Inundated,
Your House Centipede identification is absolutely correct.  We have heard of a very few instances where a person has claimed to have been bitten by a House Centipede, but those reports are rare.  There is no danger if this questionable bite occurs.  House Centipedes would not be so plentiful in your home unless they have a ready food supply.  Roaches and spiders would be considered a food supply.  House Centipedes, though frightening, are actually quite beneficial.

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2 Responses to House Centipede

  1. Jen says:

    So, what happens if bitten?

    • bugman says:

      In the unlikely event that a person is bitten by a House Centipede, there will most likely be nothing more than a local reaction to the bite.

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