House Centipede

Subject: Creepy crawly in Chicago apartment
Location: Chicago, Illinois
March 8, 2016 11:12 am
I found this guy in the corner of my closet ceiling. I’ve seen several others like him throughout the 2 years I’ve lived in this apartment in Chicago. It’s currently end of winter/beginning of spring . It seems he has both front and back antenna with 10-20 pairs of legs. Just want to know what it is.
Signature: Katelyn

House Centipede
House Centipede

Dear Katelyn,
This is a beneficial, predatory House Centipede that will help keep your apartment free from Cockroaches and other unwanted pests.  According to BugGuide:  “The 15 pairs of legs are banded, becoming lighter toward their tips, with barbs that help hold onto prey.”

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