What Are Centipedes?
The centipedes we see in our homes, often referred to as house centipedes, are yellowish to dark brown in color, and may have stripes or other markings. The word "centipede" literally means, "100 legs," but this is misleading. The fact is, a centipede can have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs, depending on the species. But regardless of how many legs they have, they have flat, segmented bodies. It is interesting to note that, in some parts of the world, some centipedes can grow to be up to a foot in length.
Centipedes are nocturnal creatures, so they are not seen much during the daylight hours. They like to hide in damp areas such as bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms. Having centipedes may be indicative of having other household pests, since centipedes typically feed on spiders, flies, cockroaches, silverfish, and more. Common house centipedes can live for over a year, but there are other species which are known to live for up to 6 years.