Introduction: Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs. Even though centipedes are predaceous and therefore beneficial, most customers consider them a nuisance pest. Some species can inflict a painful bite, but it is not lethal. They are widely distributed throughout most of the United States and the world.

Recognition: Adults about 18-6” (4-152 mm) long, elongate, flattened, and wormlike. Color usually yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings.

Habits: Centipedes are typically found in areas of high moisture such as loose bark, in rotting logs, under stones, trash, piles of leaves and grass clippings, flower –bed mulch, etc., where their typical prey is found. Most centipedes are nocturnal or active at night.

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