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They bite but don’t kill. Here’s why

They bite but don’t kill. Here’s why

Spring is here and that means everything is waking up, including an alien-looking creature called a millipede.

Even though you may not like sharing space with them, there may still be benefits to having them nearby.

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Of all the insects that invade Canadian homes, the house millipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) is, for many, the biggest.


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It is assumed that this species was introduced to America via Mexico and now reaches as far north as the north.

It is smaller than other millipedes and has about 30 legs that can come off if caught. Some people find it frightening, but it is considered harmless.

However, the bite of such a fly causes a burning sensation similar to that of a bee.

WAIT, WHAT? MILLIPEDES CAN BITE?

“Centipedes definitely scare people,” Bruno Levesque, regional manager for pest control service Orkin, told The Weather Network.


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“Usually, you don’t have to worry about your health if you get bitten by a millipede. Often, it’s difficult for the millipede to pierce your skin… when it does bite, it’s usually just painful.”

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T KILL MILLIPEDES

House centipedes love damp, dark spaces like bathrooms and basements. If you see one, your first instinct may be to kill it. But before you do that, remember this:

Millipedes prefer to feed on ants, spiders, cockroaches, and bed bugs, so if you see a millipede in your home but no other types of insects, there’s a pretty good chance it’s taken on the role of exterminator for you.

You also don’t have to worry about millipedes building nests or webs in your home, eating your wood, or transmitting deadly diseases.

Millipedes can easily be collected and left outside to continue their work.

If you want to prevent them from entering your home, consider the following:

  • Drying out damp areas

  • Elimination of large insect populations indoors

  • Sealing cracks in your home

  • And remember: They are more afraid of you than you are of them. If you decide to let them stay in your home, they will do their best to stay out of sight.

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