Subject: Strange bug I’ve never seen before
Location: Southern Ca. San Fernando Valley
July 28, 2014 11:15 am
Hi I found this bug in our front lawn. It looks really creepy almost like a mix between a spider and cricket. I’m hoping you can help me out in figuring what kind if bug this is.
Signature: Creeped out

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Creeped out,
Most images of House Centipedes we reserve come from indoor sightings as they seem to benefit from cohabitation with humans.  A large House Centipede might bite if handled carelessly, but they are not considered dangerous.  They are beneficial as they will help to rid the area of Cockroaches and other noctural visitors that are not desirable.

Location: San Fernando, California

One Response to House Centipede

  1. Jan Caraway says:

    I found one of these in my house in Indiana years ago and it scared a squeal out of me. I went to the library (this was pre-Internet), and looked it up. Good bug! Vowed I would pat it on it’s little head next time and say, “Good job!”

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