Have you ever had a house centipede? I am sure you wondered where the creature came from… Let me explain.
House centipedes are not able to survive winter weathers, so they turn to heated indoor structure to accommodate them. More often then not, the encounter between a human and house centipede are just as surprising for both parties.
House centipedes are beige, with brown stripes and are slightly longer than an inch and have very long legs. Centipedes are able to travel at almost 1½ foot per second, which make them and their appearance much scarier than they are a real threat. In fact, these centipedes are only a threat to their predators, of which include many creatures that we would want to get rid of anyways. These creatures include bedbugs, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, carpet beetles and even other kinds of centipedes.
The house centipede is a nocturnal hunter that used its antennae (sensitive to both touch and smell) for hunting. It is also great to know that house centipedes do not care any transmittable disease. Their bites only cause mild swelling and temporary pain; however they will only bite you if you try to catch them by hand.
Although they can serve a purpose to us in our homes, and are essentially harmless they are ways to get rid of house centipedes. The best way is to eliminate the insects they feed on. Other great techniques include drying up any wet locations under sinks and in basements and to seal up crack in basement walls.