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Subject: What is this??
Location: Golfe juan, South of france
July 25, 2015 2:00 pm
Hi, I’m currently in the south of France and saw this in my sink??? Any ideas? Thanks
Signature: Mr johnson

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Mr johnson,
This House Centipede is a common, cosmopolitan predator that has adapted to cohabitation with humans.  They are not considered dangerous, though large individuals might bite if carelessly handled.  According to BugGuide, the House Centipede is:  “Native to the Mediterranean region, this species has spread throughout much of Europe, Asia, and North America.”

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Subject: Is this a House Centipede?
Location: Northern middle Tennessee
June 4, 2015 4:36 pm
I found this critter in my kitchen today. Scared the you-know-what out of me. Let’s just say, the sucker had to die. But not before I got some good pictures of it so I could look it up to identify. It looks just like the House Centipede except the markings down it’s back is different and it is mostly black instead of brown. All the pictures I have come across show stripes going down the back of the centipede while this one looks like it has stripes going across. Is it just another variation of the House Centipede?
Signature: Dayna

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Dayna,
This is indeed a beneficial House Centipede and we are sorry to hear that “the sucker had to die.”  Your submission will be posting live to our site in the near future, while we are out of the office.

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Subject: Omg
Location: Belleville , Illinois
May 20, 2015 6:14 am
I’m just curious about what this is? Should I be worried about a bite from one? I’m finding them at work thank god… Never seen them in my house.
Signature: Omg

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Omg,
This is a House Centipede, a predator that is frequently found inside the home.  We maintain that they are harmless, and though they contain venom, and though it is possible that a large specimen might be able to bite a human, especially one with thin or tender skin, we agree with the literature that they are not considered to be a dangerous species.  It is our opinion that House Centipedes are beneficial predators that will help rid the home of Cockroaches and other undesirable intruders.  As an aside, just yesterday while watching CNN we learned that the initials OMG have been used for years by the FBI to refer to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

Thanks for getting back with me. I never kill them and put them outside when I find them. Glad I do.

Because of your behavior, we will tag this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: NZ Bug…
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
January 26, 2015 1:17 am
Hi Daniel, encountered this impressive specimen in the backyard this morning. I’d say the body was approximately 4cm long. I’m in New Zealand and its the height of summer here. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Many thanks, Stephen.

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Stephen,
This is a House Centipede, probably
Scutigera coleoptrata, though we believe there are other species found in the Southern Hemisphere.  According to Nature Watch New Zealand:  “S. coleoptrata is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, but it has spread through much of Europe, Asia, North America and South America. It is thought to have first been introduced to the Americas in Mexico and Guatemala and now it reaches north into Canada and south to Argentina. … They have been found in eastern and southern Australia, from Perth to Adelaide, South Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales and in Tasmania. Other countries they have been found in include New Zealand, Japan, as well as South Korea.”

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Subject: What’s is this thing
Location: Southern Minnesota
September 29, 2014 7:34 pm
I have found 3 or 4 of these rather large things in my house the past few days . Any idea what they are and how to get rid of them ?
Signature: Laurynneah debois

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Laurynneah,
In our opinion, House Centipedes are beneficial predators that will eat anything that won’t eat them.  They will help keep Cockroaches and other undesirable Household Intruders from infesting your home.  We do not provide extermination advice.

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Subject: what is that bug?
Location: new zealand
August 5, 2014 5:09 am
Could you please help me identify the bug on this picture?
Signature: Andre Pinheiro

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Andre,
This is a beneficial House Centipede, a nocturnal predator that will help keep your home free of Cockroaches and other undesirable insects and arthropods.  Our North American House Centipedes are generally classified as
Scutigera coleoptrata, but we recall individuals from the Southern hemisphere as being a different species.  According to the Australian Museum site, the native Australian species is Allothereua maculata.  The site states:  “House Centipedes eat spiders and many insects found inside houses, moving quickly and pouncing on their prey” and “Technically, House Centipedes can bite but they are considered harmless to people.”  We also located an article on House Centipedes from the New Zealand Herald.

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