If you've never seen one of these critters
before, you might at first mistakenly identify it as a hairy
caterpillar out for a jog. But, upon attempting to squash
, you will notice that it will run away at breakneck speed
. Now, I don't mean breakneck speed for a bug
. I mean this badass
moves fucking fast.
You see, the house centipede
, or Scutigera coleoptrata
, is the king
of the household bug kingdom
. I was raised to believe that spider
s were the king, but no. You see, centipedes hunt
and eat spiders.
Since my first encounter with a house centipede in 1998
, I have acquired a certain respect
for the little badasses. They demand respect
, just like skunk
Let me state my reasons:
- A house centipede has poison claws behind its head. It uses these to paralyze its prey or sting you as badly as a bee, but only if you provoke it.
- The house centipede is fast. And when it's scared, it's damn fast.
- The house centipede takes at least 2 hard hits with a shoe before it dies. That's more than many beetles.
- If the house centipede is cut in 2, both pieces are still active.
- House centipedes do not get into your food like cockroaches and maggots do.
- House centipedes basically ignore you until you provoke them. Flies land on you and your food; spiders bite you in your sleep and build annoying webs.
Other interesting tidbits
:House Centipede Encounter & Eliminate Counter (since May 1, 2000): 5 & 4
House centipedes originated in Mexico, but are prevalent across most of North America.