House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata)

House Centipede

Originally uploaded by bill kralovec

Nadia found this centipede last night in Ocean’s bedroom. This centipede looks fearsome, but for humans it is harmless as their bite has a hard time penetrating human skin. It is actually beneficial because it preys on many household pests such as cockroaches, ants, termites, spiders, and bed bugs. But nevertheless, Nadia still killed three of them in the past couple of days.

The House Centipede is very different to the Latin American centipedes we are used to. It has long legs and moves very quickly, which differs from the giant centipede I fell in love with in Venezuela. They also differ from most centipedes in having highly developed eyes. The House Centipede is originally from the Mediterranean region, but has spread almost world wide.

They have adapted to human habitation and can live their entire lifespan within a home. They prefer damp areas and the ground floor.

I will be on the lookout for more of these in our apartment. Hopefully I can convince my wife that they should be part of the Kralovec home.


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