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House Centipede - Scutigera coleoptrata

House Centipede - Scutigera coleoptrata
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
November 3, 2006
Size: 2 INCHES!!!!
Okay... so i was at a party at a friends house. All of a sudden some of the girls started freaking out because there was a HUGE BUG in the shower in the bathroom... lol... obviously that peaked my interest so i found this.... putting my money on Scutigera coleoptrata... i'll try and get some better pics tomorrow or Sunday.

This thing was HUGE!! lol... pretty sweet find... i let it crawl on me once i got home... on accident... but still...

2 inches?!? Wow. Thats pretty huge. I found one in my room about that size last month. I squashed it with my empty milk jar. These things tend to come out during spring/summer time and I live in the basement so I see them every once in awhile. I'm from NJ by the way.

These things are demons sent
These things are demons sent from hell in which we nicknamed f***ing huge bugs'. These things CREEP ME OUT! I want to know how to kill these big boys. My Son actually pooped himself when he saw one for the first time scurring across the cathedrial cieling. How do you get rid of them?!?

This insect...
Ha... that is funny. My husband and his friends call them "Satan bugs from Hell". I have to agree. The first time I ever saw one I had just moved to Utah from Florida and lived in a basement apartment. I was washing my face in my sink, and as I was getting the last bit of soap off my face, I went to get one more splash of water but happened to open my eyes. My face was only about 9" away from this horrible creature. It was in my sink as I had been cleaning my face inches away! I don't usually care about insects, but I freaked and tried to kill it. It was so long it just wouldn't go down the drain, just wrapped its long body around the drain stopper. Uggh. In my imagination, I gave it wings, as well (ha ha!) until I met my husband and he told me that, although terrible, they did not have wings. I swore it was the most awful insect (and still do) of all time. I hardly ever see them, but they still repulse me just thinking of them.

This taken from Wikipedia:
Unlike its shorter-legged but much larger tropical cousins, the house centipede can live its entire life inside a building. Because they eat household pests, house centipedes are considered among the most beneficial creatures that inhabit human dwellings, but because of their alarming appearance, frightening speed, and painful bite, few homeowners are willing to share a home with them. They do not cause damage to food or furniture.

The house centipede is capable of biting a human, but this seldom occurs. When it does, it is no worse than a minor bee sting. The worst one can usually expect from a house centipede's bite is some pain and a slight swelling at the location of the bite. The symptoms generally disappear within a few hours. However, the bite can cause health problems for those few who are allergic to the extremely mild venom of its bite, which is similar to that of most normal centipedes. The house centipede's venom is too weak to cause any serious harm to larger pets such as cats and dogs.

Techniques for eliminating centipedes from the home include drying up the areas where they could thrive, eliminating large indoor insect populations, sealing cracks in the walls, and seeking the assistance of an exterminator.

Scutigera coleoptrata (L., 17
Scutigera coleoptrata (L., 1758). This is believed to be a European species that has been introduced into North America by man and now occurs throughout the continent. It is often found inside houses in damp, cool spots, like in bathtubs, sinks & drains, and cellars.

thanks for the info!

to guide page.

Be Careful. These guys bite!
Be Careful. These guys bite! Can feel like a bee sting.

i got lucky... it got out from underneath the cup and paper i was transporting it with and started crawling up my arm... then my og tried to eat it...

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