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House centipede 1
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota House centipede 2
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

House centipede
Scutigera coleoptrata
Size: 1 inch long

Where/When: Prefer damp and cool areas, particularly under leaves, plant debris, flower pots, stones etc.

Significance: They feed on insects, spiders, and other arthropods, like sowbugs and millipedes and are beneficial because of their predaceous habits. Bites to humans are rare (if handled carelessly).
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