Subject: Found this in my kids’ bathwater
February 20, 2014 11:11 pm
We live in Arkansas and it’s late winter. We found this dead floating in our children’s bath with them. I just wanted to know what it is and if it is something we should worry about. I can’t seem to get a straight answer because everyone I ask thinks it’s something different.
This is a Centipede, and it appears it is most likely a Soil Centipede in the order Geophilomorpha. You can compare your individual to the images posted to BugGuide. Almost exactly one year ago, we received an identification request that prompted a posting on our site entitled Can Centipedes Really Crawl up you Butt??? once we began doing research. As we noted in the past, the book Sanitary Entomology: The Entomology of Disease, Hygiene and Sanitation by William Dwight Pierce indicates that pseudoparasitism by Soil Centipedes is possible in the nasal and alimentary passages of humans. You might want to consult with your physician on this matter.