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Centipedes Facts and Information

Centipedes are animals that are related to insects. They have a lot of legs, sometimes up to 300 legs! Most centipedes have at least 15 pairs of legs, which means they have 30 legs total. 

Centipedes are easy to recognize because they have very long bodies that are divided into segments, and there are legs on every segment. Centipedes are scavengers, which means that they eat any small, crawling things they can find, such as spiders, crickets, cockroaches, silverfish – and even other centipedes. 

Centipedes are venomous and carnivorous creatures that use venom to kill their prey. They typically sting, immobilize and consume their prey, which is usually worms or insects. Although they are usually not hostile towards people, they may bite if confronted. Centipede bites can be very painful. The bigger the centipede, the more severe the sting. Although it is uncommon, a centipede bite can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people who are hypersensitive to wasp and bee stings, as well as substantial cardiac and neurological damage.

FAQs About Centipedes

What are the signs of an infestation?

Centipedes, while rarely seen by humans due to their nocturnal ways and speedy crawling movements, are often present in homes without leaving a single trace – other than the occasional surprise sighting. 

What happens is a centipede bite you?

Centipede bites can have a variety of effects.