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Do House Centipedes Bite?

March 27th, 2010 admin

The most common concern people have with house centipedes is whether or not they bite humans.

The answer to this question is both yes and no.

The house centipede’s jaws are not powerful enough to penetrate human skin.  They use their jaws to slowly eat the small insects they capture for food.

But strictly speaking, house centipedes do not bite humans or insects – they sting!

House centipedes administer a venom from their front legs that they use to stun their victims.  House centipedes can sometimes sting humans, although it is not common.

House centipede stings usually cause mild redness or swelling, similar to a bee sting.

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