Here's why you should never kill or crush a centipede if you find it in your home

Pedro Marrero
May 09, 2018
10:10 P.M.

https://es.newsner.com/noticias/por-que-nunca-debes-matar-a-los-cienpies-que-encuentras-en-tu-casa/Going against our own instincts is never easy, more so when we are dealing with an insect. But killing a house centipede is not a wise thing to do, for they can be the best allies against a bug infestation.


These little creatures are frequently despised and normally give goosebumps to those that run into them. But it turns out they have an important role in your home even if you think that all they do is crawl around your bathroom.

Centipedes are agile and fast predators, which means that they are of great help when it comes to getting rid of some other unwanted visitors, according to the online news outlet Newsner.

It might be terrifying to go in the bathroom in the middle of the night and seeing this small creature that looks like walking eyelashes crawling up the drainpipe, but the last thing you should do is killing it.

A centipede will be your best ally when you have to fight vermin such as cockroaches, spiders, or ants. Centipedes have a great appetite and all the bugs we just mentioned are part of their menu.


This doesn’t mean that you have to keep them as pets, and in case you might want to reduce the numbers of them living in your home, or want to eradicate them for good, you can always reduce the humidity or remove them in a glass container.


Take them to an area with humid soil or rocks and leave them there, to keep playing their important role in balancing nature, and don’t worry about they hurting you because they are completely harmless.

Contrary to their tropical relatives, which are deathly poisonous, the jaws of these centipedes are not even strong enough to bite the human skin. They produce a small amount of venom, but it is only effective for their little prey.

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