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Subject:  Crazy Looking Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Pullman  Washington, USA
Date: 08/21/2021
Time: 03:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  This bug ran across my carpet floor at about 12:30 am from seemingly under my couch/side table. Its August here and we just had a big rainstorm yesterday. Also, this bug is pretty fast, its black and white sort of striped and it has lots of legs and like a crazy fan tail thing going on. No idea what this is.
How you want your letter signed:  O.S.

House Centipede

Dear O.S.,
This House Centipede is a shy, nocturnal hunter that has evolved to cohabitate with people in their homes, where they often startle the human inhabitants when they are discovered scuttling around in the dark.

Subject:  What is this scary looking thing?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Inglewood,CA
Date: 10/26/2019
Time: 05:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this in my bathtub after 1am. It’s big and scary and has a lot of long legs. Seeing it just grossed me out so I drowned it (I think) :/
How you want your letter signed:  Amber

House Centipede

Dear Amber,
This is a nocturnal, predatory House Centipede.  House Centipedes are shy and they will avoid humans.  They do have a mild venom, and a large specimen might bite if carelessly handled, but it is much more likely to flee.

Subject:  Unkown Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Malta, Europe.
Date: 02/03/2019
Time: 05:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, can you tell me what this bug is?
How you want your letter signed:  Mauro Cilia

House Centipede

Dear Mauro,
The House Centipede is a cosmopolitan, nocturnal predator that had adapted to cohabitation with humans.  While it is possible that a bite might occur, House Centipedes tend to flee.  Since House Centipedes pose no threat to the home, their predatory behavior might be considered beneficial since they eat Cockroaches, Spiders and other less welcome household intruders.

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.

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.

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.