What can I identify house centipedes?
House centipedes are probably most well-known for their many pairs of legs. In fact, centipede means “hundred-legger”, which is a bit misleading since their number of legs can range anywhere between 15 and 177 pairs.
House centipedes have a flat, long, segmented body that ranges in color from yellowish-gray to dark brown. They may also have dark stripes or other markings on their body. These creepy crawly insects have one pair of legs per body segment, with the first pairs of their limbs being referred to as maxillipeds. Their maxillipeds end in sharp claws and contain venom glands that the centipedes use to catch and paralyze their prey. Centipedes also have long, sensitive antennae that they use to help identify their prey.