House Centipede Facts

House centipede

A house centipede in a petri dish.

House Centipedes, Scutigera, belong to the many species of centipedes found on all continents. They are usually found living on or near the ground in more or less damp situations, as under stones, trash, or leaves, and in loose soil. They mainly feed on other insects or other small animals. You may have already spotted a house centipede in your house. Not to worry though, because although all centipedes have poisonous fangs, the house centipede is basically harmless. Its fangs are small and the poison is just intended for hunting small insects and not potent enough to harm a human. Here are some more interesting facts about House centipedes that you might want to know.

House centipedes have segmented, yellowish-grey body, that bears 15 pairs of legs. The head region is distinct, but the rest of the body is fairly uniform throughout its length, except for minor modifications at the hind end. The head bears a pair of long, many jointed antennae. Centipede eyes are simple or sometimes absent while the common house centipede have compound eyes as in insects. There are four pairs of mouth parts, including the stout poison claws. The number of legs varies greatly in the different orders. The house centipede probably has the fewest legs among all the centipedes, with only 15 pairs, that others have a hundred pairs. The segments of the body are covered with chitinous plates, and each segment bears one pair of jointed legs. The sexes of the house centipede are separate and the reproductive organs open at the rear end of the body.

House centipedes usually make its way into human homes because of food. Small insects, such as spiders and flies, present in houses, make it an irresistible prey for house centipedes. The presence of house centipedes thus signifies that there is an abundance of other small insects living in your house. House centipedes can actually be beneficial to you as they can get rid of other small insects in your house. To most people though, the house centipede’s mere appearance is just plain hideous. And sometimes they don’t win the fight with other bugs…

I have explained some of the vital facts about house centipedes that will prove helpful to you. The most important thing to know about these insects is that they prefer to live on cold damp places. If you have this kind of area in your house like an abandoned CR or your garage, then most probably there will be house centipedes in your house. They also feed on small insects such as spiders, mites, and flies, that live in your house. This trait makes them beneficial to humans. There creepy appearance though, just makes them unbearable to our sight.

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