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Can anyone identify this bug?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

 

This bug was in my bedroom and when I turned on the lights, it moved really fast.

 

I was able to put it in a jar and I am wondering if I should let it go or flush it down the toilet.

post #2 of 19
centipede
flush it, no one needs those things
post #3 of 19

This is probably a type of house centipede, scutigera coleoptrata I think. They are not dangerous for humans and actually helpful because they kill other insects. You can find more about it here:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutigera_coleoptrata

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

Cool, you guys know bugs.

 

I decided to show mercy and let it go outside.

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by arnesto View Post

Cool, you guys know bugs.

 

I decided to show mercy and let it go outside.


Good decision, flushing a bug is only a waste of water!

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to lay 1000 eggs and be dangerous to me.

Once I was able to find out it was harmless.

 

The decision was easy

post #7 of 19

When you smash those the legs keep going as fast as they can.  

post #8 of 19
I had those things at my last house. Late at night they used to run directly at me while I was siting on the floor on line. I hated it. Lol
post #9 of 19
Yep, house centipedes. They are gross and can get pretty big but eat spiders and other pests. Ortho Home Defense Max twice a year outside along the perimeter of the house generally keeps them away.
post #10 of 19

Can't centipedes give you annoying bites, too?

post #11 of 19
Feels like a bee sting but does not last as long..... frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Tsujigiri View Post

Can't centipedes give you annoying bites, too?
post #12 of 19

Sounds like plenty reason to flush them to me.

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post

When you smash those the legs keep going as fast as they can.  

ive seen this multiple times

worst experience i had was when i stepped on it with my bare feet when sitting in a chair and realized 30 minutes later that I killed it eek.gif
post #14 of 19

30 minutes later it was still moving, or you saw it 30 minutes later?

post #15 of 19

This type of centipede doesn't bite, as far as I know. There are however other kinds of centipedes (not house centipedes like this one) that bite, which can hurt a lot.

 

Quotes from wikipedia:

 

Some species of centipede can be hazardous to humans because of their bite. Although a bite to an adult human is usually very painful and may cause severe swelling, chills, fever, and weakness, it is unlikely to be fatal. Bites can be dangerous to small children and those with allergies to bee stings. The bite of larger centipedes can induce anaphylactic shock in such people. Smaller centipedes usually do not puncture human skin.

 

The history of a centipede bite is fairly straightforward; the victim typically sees and identifies the characteristic centipede before, or soon after being bitten.

Symptoms which are most likely to develop include:

 

  • severe pain, which is usually in proportion to the size of the centipede
  • swelling and redness
  • swollen, painful lymph nodes in the regions of the bitten limb
  • headache
  • palpitations or a racing pulse
  • nausea and vomiting
  • anxiety
  • local itching and burning sensations

 

The wound left by the bite may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and small puncture wounds which may form a circular pattern. This wound may be susceptible to local ulcerations and necrosis.

 

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Edited by AManAnd88Keys - 4/3/13 at 2:05am
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