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Subject: Unusual bug
Location: Washington DC
November 15, 2016 4:45 pm
Never seen one like this before. Friend who lives in Washington DC emailed it to me to identify. Help. No idea
Signature: Stumped

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Stumped,
The House Centipede is commonly found indoors where it will help keep the place free of unwanted creatures like Cockroaches.

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Subject: Identify my bug please; terrifying my children and guests
Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
September 3, 2016 8:57 pm
Dear Bugman,
I first encountered this bug when I was 6 years old happily coloring on my floor and this monstrous thing ran across my coloring book and I never touched it again. Now I live in an apartment and they’ve shown up frequently these past couple days. One gave me a heart attack in my bedroom, another ran across the kitchen counter sending my child running and screaming, and a recent one I was able to get a picture of was about 30 minutes ago in my bathroom. It is September; almost fall here in Massachusetts and about 70 degrees outside. The weather has been cooling down with a lot of rain and humidity this weekend. These bugs run super fast. They usually hang out in the dark; I’m assuming as whenever a light flickers in they run for cover elsewhere never to be seen again. They have a Buber of legs and vary from very tiny to about 4 inches long. Some are a light brown while others have a striped pattern. I’m getting shivers describing this; these are my worst bug fear. Please please PLEASE help me identify these guys; I would really appreciate. Thank you,
Signature: Terrified Mother and Cade

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Terrified Mother and Cade,
This is a House Centipede, and we generally refer to them as harmless, though we concede that a large individual might bite a human, but those incidents seem to be very rare.  House Centipedes are nocturnal predators that will feast upon Cockroaches and other undesirable insects and arthropods.  They are quite startling when they run quickly across the room.  We hope you realize that they will run and hide from you, and they are not interested in attacking you, and the chances of getting bitten are greatly reduced if you don’t try to catch and hold them, which we doubt you will ever attempt.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: Nebraska
June 4, 2016 5:24 pm
Found this in my apartment. Do you know what this is?
Signature: Missydo

House Centipede Carnage

House Centipede Carnage

Dear Missydo,
This poor creature was so severely traumatized when it was dispatched that it is almost unrecognizable, but the large number of long legs indicates it is NOT an insect.  We suspect this must be a House Centipede, and they are much more beautiful alive than they are dead.
  House Centipedes are not dangerous to humans and they are nocturnal predators that will help rid the home of Cockroaches and other unwanted creatures.  We will be postdating this submission to go live during our holiday away from the office next week.  We will also be tagging this submission as Unnecessary Carnage, and we hope the next time you encounter a House Centipede, you will be Missydon’t.

It was in my laundry and when I took the laundry out of the washer it fell out. Didn’t even know it was in there.

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Subject: Strange Insect
Location: Northeast Texas
May 18, 2016 7:27 am
I was startled by this little fellow climbing up the wall beside me. It is a very strange looking insect. It’s main body is about 1/2″ long. It has 28 legs and antannae on the front and rear.
Signature: Clint Cross

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Clint,
This is a beneficial House Centipede.

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Subject: Unknown centipede??
Location: Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
April 28, 2016 10:41 pm
I found this insect in my bath in Bloemfontein in the Free State, South Africa. It has 12 legs on a side with antena on both sides of its body. The head is on the side with the shorter legs. . It can not walk up smooth surfaces.
Can you identify it please ?
Signature: Heidi

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Heidi,
This is not an insect.  It is a House Centipede.

Thank you very much Daniel.
Have a great weekend
Heidi

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Subject: Many-legged creature
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
March 29, 2016 12:09 pm
A friend posted this on Facebook.
Signature: Stephanie Rioux

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Stephanie,
The predatory, beneficial and harmless House Centipede is one of our most common identification requests.

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