House Centipede

Can you identify this bug?
Hi Bugman!
I was wonder if you can tell me what kind of bug this is. I found it (them) in the basement behind insulation. It is about 2 inches long and I live in Ohio. Also, what do you recommend to get rid of them (I have kids and animals to keep in mind)? Thank you,
Greg Miller

Hi Greg,
This is a House Centipede, easily the most popular query subject submitted to our site, except perhaps general spider questions. For that reason, there is always a photo of a House Centipede on our homepage so querants can easily locate the object of their curious desire. We do not give extermination advice in general, and more specificly, we would never recommend killing a beneficial predator like a harmless House Centipede.

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