You Should Never Stomp On One Of These Centipedes In Your Home - Here's Why
Katie Mooney 5/10/2017
Chances are, you've never gotten a close-up look at a house centipede - for two reasons...
First of all, they are rather quick creatures, and are most often scurrying past even before you're aware of their presence. And secondly, you simply cannot get a "good look" at one from atop the stool you've chosen to balance on, once you've become aware of its presence!
Well, we're here to explain why it's safe to climb down from your chosen piece of tall furniture, and become acquainted with this new friend of yours - a friend which has a lot more to offer than you may realize...
If you're not a fan of bugs, you are certainly not alone. Most of us are born with the same knee-jerk reaction to insects (although most of them are a fraction of a fraction of our size) - as we are quick to run, jump, swat, and shriek when we see one of these "terrifying" bugs.
The funny thing is, with many species of insects, we have a better chance of hurting ourselves during our frantic attempt to escape the bug than from any harm the bug would actually cause us.
Yet, even knowing this bit of insect info, we inevitably scramble to flee the scene - every time!
Scramble no more - house centipedes are actually a phenomenal help when working to keep your home bug-free, as they are happy to do the "pest control" for you.
These many-legged insects originated from the Mediterranean, but can now be found all over the world - especially in people's homes. Hence the title "house centipedes."
As long as you can learn to tolerate the presence of these handy helpers - in exchange for room and board, they are willing to gobble up ants, silverfish, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, and spiders. Sounds like a fair exchange, right?
In addition to the many bugs they rid for you, they also tend to be nocturnal hunters. Which means, you won't see these "residents" often. They are as happy to limit the run-ins with you, as you are with them!
Their countless legs (seems like a million) are not only used for scampering out of sight quickly, but they also give the house centipede the ability to capture several bugs at one time. Music to your ears, huh?
Although frightening and jarring at first sight, house centipedes are not harmful to humans. So, rest assured they are only hanging around your home for the bug buffet - not to bug you. Leave them alone, and they'll leave you alone!
Whether your friends and family have a deep love for insects or a strong (very, very strong) dislike for them - the reality is, many bugs are more helpful than they are harmful! Share this important insect info with your loved ones - and help spread the house centipede understanding!
Sources: Wikipedia, Ask Mr. Little FB Image Credit: Flickr/Greg Mote