Chilling Reason Why You Should Never Squish A Centipede In Your House

Okay, so they do look rather scary and alien and the natural urge for most people that see a centipede is to jump up a squash it, spray it, hit it with a shoe, anything to kill it.


They look intimidating and the move at incredible speed so this reaction is quite understandable. They are sadly misunderstood. They are pretty much harmless and actually do a lot of good. So, while it might be difficult, try to resist the urge to kill them. Just let them be or if they really bother you, try to safely remove them and place them outside.


The have a relatively short body but their 30 legs and long antennae make them look a lot bigger than they actually are. They can move at a rate of 16 inches per second, making them the fastest arthropod. So, why would you not want to squish them? Centipedes do a lot of good around the home, despite their evil appearance. They prey on cockroaches, ants, spiders, bed bugs and silverfish.


They eat at night and consume quite a few of these other nasty critters that you definitely do not want around your house. They thrive in humid, cool environments and will help you keep other bugs at bay. Just don’t kill them first. Apart from their unpleasant appearance, they are harmless. Their front pair of legs are poisoned claws but they only use these on their prey and I have never heard of a human being bitten or attacked by one. You definitely wouldn’t want to lose sleep over it, it’s not good for people with insomnia or any other sleep conditions.


Their fangs are not capable of piercing human skin. Oddly enough, some people in Japan keep them as pets. If you want to make sure you do not have them in your home, you will need to regulate the humidity. This will also keep silverfish out. The other way to get rid of them is to remove all their food sources, that is the only reason they are there. So if you are able to get rid of all the silverfish, ants, termites, spiders, bed bugs and other bugs they like to eat, you won’t see any centipedes.


Next time you do see one, think about the good that they do and fight the urge to kill them.