Why You Should Never Kill House Centipedes?

These creatures might scare you, but take a pause before you reach out for your sneakers to squish them dead.

You see a bug in your house, you at once reach out and squish it, right? Unless you’re one of those kind souls who prefers to trap the bug then set it free outside.

So, here probably you will get to know something that goes against every fibre of your being: don’t kill the house centipedes.

As creepy as they look with their long bodies and countless legs, there’s a pretty good reason why you should let them live. Though it might be difficult to resist the urge to scream, and then stomp on the scuttling little monstrosity.

When you find one, crawling around your bathroom at 2 a.m, just remember that they might be the only thing standing between you and your bathroom that is full of other creepy creatures like it.

Even those of you who are immune to shudder on sight of creepy-crawlies like spiders and roaches may find themselves stopping in their tracks over the centipede.

There is nothing to admire about a creature who loves to hang out in your bathroom, lurking in drains or worse, your toilet seat.

You need this thing gone, and now. But if you have the urge to stomp and squish, we implore you:


The house centipede has about 30 legs and surely isn’t attractive to look at, but he’s one of the nature’s best defences against other unwanted house guests. The house centipede has an interesting diet full of spiders, ants, bedbugs, cockroaches and silverfish.

Why you ask? Because as disgusting as the centipede is to look at, it’s eating habits are even worse. Those little crawlers are like a gourmet meal.

Silverfish tend to love and share the same environment conditions with centipedes. They both enjoy cool, humid areas, making your bathroom the perfect home. If you spot a centipede crawling around your home but haven’t noticed any other bugs, in particular, the silverfish, you need to thank the centipede for the fact that it ate it and kept your bathroom safe.

Read on to know more.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should let your home become a free-for-all centipedes. But instead of killing them, put them into a jar and leave it outside in an area with lots of damp leaves and rocks where he can continue his lunch in peace and stop a few creatures from entering your home.

If you can’t stand the thought of them around at all, reduce the humidity and moisture in your bathroom and basement. If you’ve only seen one or two, consider it and let them stay.

If you don’t bother him, he won’t bother you either. The best part is, you don’t even have to pay him for his services.

The centipedes - all they really want to do is eat the spiders and roaches in your basement. They’re happy, you’re happy. Everyone is happy.

In other words, centipedes make you happy!

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