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Should You Be Afraid Of Centipedes?

 August 25, 2017  /  Comments Off on Should You Be Afraid Of Centipedes?

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Going home to relax after a tiring day is one of the best feelings ever. Sometimes, however, pests can get in the way of relaxation. Instead of enjoying your peaceful, hot bath, a little centipede on the floor can freak you out. Termites, flies, mice, cockroaches, and centipedes are pests we never want to see in our homes.

Pests are never cute, so their appearance adds to the reasons why you get scared of them. Come to think of it, if cats and dogs look like pests with many legs and weird claws, you will not want one. Centipedes have many legs and weird claws. But do these looks kill? Should you really be afraid of centipedes?

What Do Centipedes Look Like?

Anyone has surely encountered a centipede once in their life. They might not be aware of it, though. A centipede is an arthropod with a segmented body. Each segment, or strip if you may call it, has a pair of legs. The length of their legs increases as they are nearer to the tail.

Contrary to common belief, centipedes do not have jaws. What people label as “jaws” are actually two claws, but these claws contain venom. These venomous claws are attached to the head of a centipede as part of their defense mechanism. Yes, they are the centimeters-long pest’s defense against feet-tall predators like you.

Do Centipedes Bite?

Yes, they do. But house centipedes, which you often find inside your bathroom and greenhouse, have claws that are too small to pierce human skin. House centipedes prey on termites, cockroaches, and bedbugs, but they do not on humans. If they bite you while you are sound asleep, you will only get some allergic reactions that are thankfully easy to cure.

Should You Be Afraid Of Centipedes?

A Scolopendra though, is a lot more intimidating. This kind of centipede living under trees and rocks bites a lot. Aside from that, a Scolopendra is also bigger than your average house centipede. So, once you get to face a hungry one, you better do your best to escape. Their venomous claws can paralyze the part they bit and cause an inflammation.

Overall answer? Not really!

House centipedes are quite harmless but Scolopendras are not. You shouldn’t really be afraid of centipedes. However, it’s best to get rid of them!

They don’t pay rent for living inside your house, so no more second thinking! Save yourself from the paranoia. Hire a pest control expert and enjoy a pest-free home for you and your loved ones!

Written by BugOut Pest Control & Lawn Care. BugOut Pest Control & Lawn Care offers the best service for pest control in Columbia, MO.

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  • Published: 4 weeks ago on August 25, 2017
  • Last Modified: August 26, 2017 @ 6:04 am
  • Filed Under: Home Improvement

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