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Centipedes definitely aren’t beautiful—they have lots of legs, long bodies, and creepy antennae. When many people see a centipede, their initial reaction is to kill it, but you may want to think twice about squashing a centipede next time you find one in your home. Even though they are one of the most hated things in the world, centipedes are actually quite fascinating. For example, house centipedes are made up a group of similar species of centipedes, not just one species, but most centipedes have a yellow tint on their bodies.

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Sadly, many think that centipedes are downright frightening. Some people even cry if they happen to stumble upon one. Then, they usually grab bug spray, hairspray, or a shoe to destroy them.

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The fear of centipedes, called chilopodophobia, is something may people deal with, and often times, they think that centipedes are dangerous. While some species are venomous, house centipedes generally pose no threat.

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Considering they aren’t harmful, there’s no reason to be scared of centipedes. However, other bugs can cause some harm. The good news is that centipedes eat other bugs that make their way into your home. Therefore, if you find a centipede, you may want to let it live—it’ll pay rent by eating any spiders or other pests it finds.

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Even though they’re ugly, they’re pretty incredible for multiple reasons, not including their ability to make grown men and women scream. For one, they don’t have a backbone—the centipede that is.

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Scutigera coleopatrata, also known as the common house centipede, has jointed legs, thick skin, and no spine, putting it in the arthropod category.

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Another amazing fact about centipedes is that they use their bodies to confuse predators. Since their legs and antennae are exceptionally long compared to their body, they look much bigger than they are. They also use their long legs for things like running.

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As previously mentioned, their skin is thick—shockingly thick. That’s no surprise considering that arthropods are known for their strong exoskeleton. Chitin, which is essentially a solidified casing, acts like a protective shell, making them some of the strongest bugs on earth.

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In addition to scaring predators, centipedes use their legs for running. In fact, they can run as fast as 1.3 feet per second from a standing start. Aside from running across your bathroom floor, they can also grab onto and run across sheer surfaces, including walls and ceilings.

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While we’re on the subject of travel, centipedes originated from the Mediterranean region, which explains why they love to live in your home. And it’s not because they wish to terrify you.

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Centipedes love hot, humid conditions—and that’s why they love your house. When the outside temperatures drop, they move from the backyard to your warm home, but humans aren’t always great hosts.

Some people claim to see centipedes constantly during seasonal transitions, and sadly, few actually survive.

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What many people don’t know is that centipedes don’t actually bite—they sting. They have adapted legs near their mouths called forcipules, which the centipede uses to inject their prey with venom. Sometimes, they even kick their prey.

They’re really good at catching bugs too! They use their freakishly long legs to keep their prey captive while killing them. Sometimes, they even kill more than one bug at once.

Technically, centipedes can sting you but would prefer not to. Even if you do get stung, it’s no worse than a sting from a bee. Actually, centipedes struggle to pierce your skin, so they’d rather just run away. To them, you’re the monster, and they know that you pose a threat.

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If you still aren’t a fan, think about this: centipedes are a little self-conscious. Even though they’re ugly, they try to look their best by cleaning their long legs with their forcipules.

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Still don’t want them in your house? You can use many methods to keep them away. For starters, dry out your home with a dehumidifier—after all, they love humid environments.

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You can also move their favorite hiding spots, such as wood or leaf piles, away from your home. They’re less likely to move into your home if it’s too far of a journey. Also consider sprinkling cayenne pepper around your house as it’s a natural deterrent.

Yes, they’re ugly, but they can help you out around the house and act like your personal bug exterminators—that is, unless you are dealing with a centipede infestation. The next time you see one of these unwanted pests in your house, you should let it live as he may repay you in the near future.

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