If you ever spot house centipede at your home, never kill it. This insect can do a good job for you!


This insect is known as the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata). It’s a yellowish-gray relative of several centipedes’ species that originated in the Mediterranean region and successively spread overseas. Usually they live in houses. If you find this creature at home – don’t kill it. It’s not only harmless to humans, but it can also help, because it kills and eats other insects. This small insectivore actually eats flies, cockroaches, spiders, mosquitoes, moths and other household arthropods.

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Nevertheless, we don’t need to be afraid of it. Thirty delicate legs help it to reach high speed running across floors, up walls and ceilings. After catching a prey, the house centipede paralyzes it with venom, which it squirts through its teeth. In self-defense, it can bite a human but in most cases their venom makes no harm. Only allergic persons can suffer.

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Despite the fact that the house centipedes are harmless to humans and kill cockroaches and spiders, their presence in your house is undesirable. First some insects can come in sight. And then, there’s a chance that you’ll soon discover a whole colony! It’s not a shiny perspective, is it?

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To avoid this, it’s just enough to keep the house clean. Pay attention to hair, organic waste and dust — there shouldn’t be any around: all this stuff attracts insects. If they still settled with you, treat the house with coffee grounds and cloves — the house centipedes will leave your home.

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