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Centipedes | Facts & Identification, Control And Prevention

Centipedes | Facts & Identification, Control And Prevention

Posted May 11, 2024

Interesting Facts About House Centipedes


Details About Centipedes:

What type of animal is this? It is very ugly! A house centipede may appear to be worm with hundred-leggers, but do not be fooled. Some may fear these creatures because they hide in dark crevices and flee when something moves nearby. However, I can easily move away from any potential encounter without feeling threatened, unless someone points out my location with a flashlight during nighttime hours while camping.

Their Name is Confusing:
In concept, the centipede has only one pair of legs. However, there might be anything from 15 to 177 pairs! The lengthier last set on a female is more than twice as long as its body size would suggest for such an insectivorous species that runs fast through dirt in search of food - usually other bugs, but some small things will suffice if they're lucky enough to come upon them first. The term "centiped" technically means "100," but this pest is also known as ilionargids (which sounds even cooler!). When completely grown to 14 inches, their lengthy branches cover almost all four inches.

Centipedes are Creatures that Stay up late:
They are commonly found in dark, wet regions of your home. They can dwell under floorboards or inside furniture, and they enjoy feeding on Schefflera plants throughout the day while you are not looking! The centipede is most active at night, so it will be ready for a snack feast provided by its invertebrate prey, which includes slender home guests.

Centipedes aren't Dangerous:
Centipedes are commonly regarded as harmful pests. While they do have venomous teeth that can readily puncture human skin, the strength is insufficient for anyone to feel it on their body! However, if a centipede bites in self-defense or by accident, it may cause some little pain and swelling as a result of being injected with venomous compounds present inside its mouth.

Glasshouse centipedes can survive for more than a year, while other species have been known to live up to 5-6 years. This lifespan is considered long among arthropods, giving these species an advantage in that they can tolerate harsher conditions than most organisms on the planet! The ordinary house centipede may appear to have a short lifespan, yet it can live for more than a year and has been known to reach the age of 5-6 years. Arthropods often live far longer than other animal species!

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