Identification and Biology
House centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata) are a distinct species of centipede commonly found in homes around the globe. Averaging between 1 to 1.5 inches in length, they stand out due to their 15 pairs of long, slender legs, with the last pair stretching far beyond the tail segment.
Their bodies are typically yellowish-grey and are adorned with three dark, longitudinal lines. The long, curved antennae on their head help them to sense their environment.
Despite their somewhat intimidating appearance, house centipedes are generally harmless to humans. They are nocturnal predators and feed on other insects, spiders, and small creatures, acting as a form of pest control.
Their lifecycle begins with an egg phase, after which they undergo several molting stages (called instars) before adulthood. During this time, they gradually grow more legs with each
Despite their benefits in controlling other pests, house centipedes can become a nuisance when their population becomes too large. Here are some common extermination techniques:
- Sealing Cracks and Gaps: Since house centipedes often enter homes through cracks and gaps, sealing these potential entrances can be preventative.
- Dehumidification: House centipedes thrive in damp environments. Using a dehumidifier to dry out damp areas of your home can make it less hospitable for them.
- Insecticides: Various commercially available insecticides can effectively control house centipedes. However, they should be used cautiously and according to the product’s instructions.
- Professional Pest Control Services: When infestations become severe, hiring a professional pest control service can be the most efficient and safe option.
House centipedes are generally not dangerous to humans. While they can bite, such instances are extremely rare and usually occur only when they feel threatened. Their venom is not dangerous to humans, but the bite may cause slight irritation or redness.
House centipedes are carnivorous and feed on other pests, such as spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, and ants.
Keeping your home clean, dry, and free from other pests can help prevent a house centipede infestation. Regularly vacuum and clean your home, use dehumidifiers in damp areas, and promptly address other pest issues.
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