Warning: Biting Centipedes Are Invading Canadians Homes This Fall
Your creepy new roommate.
I hope you got a good night's sleep because if you're anything like us, you're about to have a lot of sleepless nights thanks to your new creepy roommate.
Meet Scutigera Coleoptrata, commonly known as the house centipede. Chances are you've found at least one of these hanging around your bathroom sink or shower drain.
TL;DR Centipedes are inaving Canadian homes as the weather gets colder. They do bite but they are generally considered harmeless to humans.
And now that the weather is getting colder, centipedes are looking for warmth inside your home.
So since you'll be spending alot of time with them, here's everything you need to know about Canada's house centipedes.
1. They bite. In fact, their bite has been compared to a Bee sting!
2. They can administer venom through their legs
3. Their venom isn't deadly, it only causes redness and a bit of swelling
4. They can live anywhere from 3 to 7 years.
5. When threatened, they'll emit a foul smelling odour
6. They're nocturnal, so you're more likely to have one come across your path at night.
7. They will retreat to a darker hiding spot if light is shone on them
8. They prefer to live in cool, damp places, so you'll most likely find them in your basement and bathroom
9. They frequently hide in cracks, so fill those in around your house if you want to avoid them hanging around
10. They eat spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and other household arthropods
11. They rarely live indoors in large numbers.
12. In general, they're considered harmless to humans since most aren't strong enough to penetrate human skin.