Nuisance and household pests-House centipede

Scutigera coleoptrata

Pest description and damage Short brown body with 15 pairs of very long legs. Fast moving and very fragile.


House centipedes are predatory and, thus, are beneficial. Remove accumulations of materials near the house that provide hiding places. Continuing infestations may indicate a household insect problem, since these are their principal food. Look for insects such as cockroaches, attic flies, boxelder bugs, elm leaf beetles, and others. Controlling these insects may be the key to eliminating the centipedes.