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Subject:  Identify bug and if its bite poses a health issue to humans or animals
Geographic location of the bug:  Beaumont Tx
Date: 08/12/2018
Time: 11:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was crawling up the wall of my bathroom.  The body was a little over an inch and with it’s legs about 2 inched.  First, I would like to know what it is and if it’s bite could cause issues to humans or dogs. I have never seen this crawling creature before.
How you want your letter signed:  Debra Leger

House Centipede

Dear Debra,
This is a House Centipede, a shy nocturnal predator that would rather flee a human or pet than to attack, but we suspect a large individual might bite a human who attempted to capture one with bare hands.  Though House Centipedes are venomous, the bite is not considered dangerous and would likely cause little more than a localized reaction.  Our editorial staff is perfectly content to cohabitate with House Centipedes, and we have a cat.  In our opinion, the benefits of having a nocturnal predator that will eat Cockroaches and other unwanted Household Pests, including dreaded Blood-Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs and Bed Bugs, far outweighs the unlikelihood of a bite.

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Subject:  Inhuman Centepede
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloomington, Indiana U.S.
Date: 08/02/2018
Time: 04:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am just curious as to what this is. I found it in the stairwell outside of my kids bedroom.
How you want your letter signed:  Mista Jay

House Centipede

Dear Mista Jay,
Though this is only our second posting of a House Centipede this year, it is still one of our Top Ten identification requests.  We were amused by your sly reference to the cult film The Human Centipede, but because we try to run a family friendly site, we will not be linking to any articles on one of the most luridly gross horror films ever made.

Thank you for the information! You set my mind at ease. I apologize for the R rated reference. I could submit a more family friendly version if you wanted me to.

Heavens no.  We don’t mind the reference, and as we stated, we were amused.  We just won’t link to any reviews or articles about The Human Centipede.

I see haha awesome. Thank you! Again, thank you for the information. If I wanted to keep this lil dude as a pet how should I go about building a habitat for it to live?
As the name implies, the House Centipede has adapted quite well to living with humans.  A small terrarium with a secure lid should suit is nicely.  It will eat crickets from the pet store as well as most any insect or arthropod you introduce into the terrarium.
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Subject:  Please Identify this bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California
Date: 03/05/2018
Time: 04:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my apartment
How you want your letter signed:  Nat

House Centipede

Dear Nat,
This House Centipede is a beneficial nocturnal predator that is frequently found in homes.  We hope your released this prisoner outside.

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Subject:  Fukushima deep sea mutated creature in Orangevale California
Geographic location of the bug:  Orangevale California
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
I just need to know if this is a mutated sea creature or something from another dimension coming to steal my soul it looks like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t want to die buy some weird bug I don’t know what it is

House Centipede Carnage

While the humor in your request is amusing, you lived to write about your encounter with this harmless House Centipede and it did not.  Images of House Centipedes that have fallen victim to Unnecessary Carnage are quite common on our site because they seem so frightening to many folks.  House Centipedes are impressive creatures that are very agile on their 15 pairs of legs.  They are nocturnal hunters that will help keep the home free of Cockroaches and other unwanted critters.

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Subject:  What on earth…….???????
Geographic location of the bug:  Fuerteventura Canary Islands
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 06:13 PM EDT
Hello. We have just found a lodger in our house! We live in a semi arid desert region and the pic was taken 17.11.17.
How you want your letter signed:  Debbie

House Centipede

Dear Debbie,
This is a primarily nocturnal, predatory House Centipede.  In our opinion, they are harmless, and they will help keep your home free of Cockroaches and other unwanted arthropods.

Thats thats great – I would never harm one but would be happier with less legs!!

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Subject: Bug in the tub.
Location: Pacific Palesades, CA
April 30, 2017 12:05 am
I have seen these bugs several time outside and indoors over the last three years. Some larger than this one which is about an inch and a half long in body length. The legs and feelers are longer. Is it a member of the centipede family? They can really move if they feel threatened. What do you think? This one is in the bath tub.
Signature: Wm. Imhoff

House Centipede

Dear Wm.,
The predatory House Centipede is a nocturnal hunter that has adapted to living in homes.  Since House Centipedes are most active at night, they often go unnoticed, but once trapped in a bathtub where they cannot escape because of steep slippery sides, they make their presence known.

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