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Centipedes

Centipedes are a predominantly predatory taxon.

Identification

  • English( scientific ) Name : - Scutigera coleoptrata
  • It has yellowish to dark brown color, sometimes with darker stripes or markings.
  • It has 15 - 177 pairs of legs.
  • It has always an odd number of pairs of legs.
  • Its shape is elongated, flattened, worm-like.

Behavior

  • They are generalist predators which means that they have adapted to eat a variety of different available prey items.
  • Examination of centipede gut contents suggest that plant material is an unimportant part of their diet although centipedes have been observed to eat vegetable matter when starved during laboratory experiments.
  • They are nocturnal & prey primarily on flies, spiders & sometimes plant tissue.
  • They are mostly found in areas of high moisture, such as in rotting logs, under stones, in trash or piles of leaves/grass.
  • When they invade houses, they are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms or potted plants.

Life Cycle

  • It may live for as long as 6 years.
  • It undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, with 3 life stages.
  • Most females lay their eggs in soil or other damp organic matter. The nymphs hatch & go through a progressive series of molts until they reach adulthood.

Control

  • The strongest way to get rid of or prevent home centipede infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in & around your home.
  • You should remove leaf piles & grass clippings.
  • You should store firewood off of the ground.
  • You should provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces, basements,...etc

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