What the Heck Is That?

It is a House Centipede

... and the first time you see one running across your floor, you likely will jump into the air, or onto the sofa and lift your feet as fast as you can!  These creepy creatures are super fast and quite a startling thing to see when you are not expecting to see it.

They are extremely fast and if they show themselves to you at all, they will be on a desperate mission to get out of sight quickly.  They are not going to try to hang around under your feet, and they definately won't try to be present in common areas of your home.  They are going to try to stay as far away from you as possible. 

Even though you may only see one of them in your home, it will surely surprise you, and may even scare you and have you wondering "Do House Centipedes Bite?"

In a nutshell.... no.  They do not bite.  They sting!  These stings are not very common, but they do happen. 

This kind of centipede has a mouth that is much too small to be able to actually bite you.  They do however have a stinger that can deliver a nasty little sting.  On occassion, when they are trying to get away from you, or are feeling threatened, it can catch you with its back end and bang!... you just got stung.

The sting from a house centipede is similar to that of a bee sting and usually hurts for the same length of time.  The area of the sting will become red and swollen, but will slowly dissappear just like a bee sting does. Within a few hours, the swelling should be decreasing.

If you do end up getting stung by a house centipede, you should wash the area with soap and water to help prevent any kind of infection.  Give it some time.  Its gonna hurt for a little while.  Then, after the stinging stops, if the area begins to itch, you can apply some anti-itch cream to it.

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