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House Centipede 
​The house centipede is grayish-yellow with 3 dark, long stripes down the back with the legs encircled with alternating dark and white bands. The actual body length is an inch or slightly longer (wormlike), surrounded with multiple pairs of very long legs making the creature appear much larger. The last pair of legs is more than twice the body length of the female. 

A pair of very long slender antennae extends forward from the head. They mate and breed in dark cracks and crevices. Eggs hatch into larvae which have 4 pairs of legs. There may be 5 or more larval stages with the number of legs increasing with each molt. Following larval growth are 4 adolescent stages, each with 15 pairs of legs. 

The house centipede, unlike most other centipedes that normally live outdoors, can live indoors especially in damp, moist basements, cellars, bathrooms, crawlspaces or unexcavated areas under the house. They are sometimes seen running rapidly across the floor with great speed, stopping suddenly to remain motionless and then resuming fast movements. They are considered harmless to humans.


An arthropod itself, the centipede is colloquially referred to as a "hundred-legger. However, centipedes may have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs.

On average, the house centipede can live up to 7 years. For majority of their life, they spend in the moist darkness and come out during the nocturnal hours to scour for food. 

Even though poisonous, most house centipede bites are incapable of penetrating the human skin. The ones that can, only give an effect no worse than a bee sting. Not many people know this, but house centipedes do assist with our home pest control. Other pests such as bed bugs, silverfish, termites, spiders, and roaches are primary targets for the house centipede. 


The house centipede's venom is too weak to cause any serious harm to larger pets such as cats and dogs.
In the case of an allergic reaction to the centipede's venom, an extremely painful, swollen lump may appear; such a lump may last a long time, even permanently Pus and bruising around the bite along with the tightening of skin can be expected from an adverse reaction. Techniques for eliminating centipedes from the home include drying up the areas where they thrive, eliminating large indoor insect populations, sealing cracks in the walls, and seeking the assistance of an exterminator.


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