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Latin name: Chilopoda
The centipede is up to 3 cm long.
Its body color is from a clear shade of beige to a gray yellow,
often sporting three darker lines on the back.
Its belly is lighter in color.
When they reproduce, the male and the female touch their antennas
and move in a circle. During the dance, the male deposits
his semen in a pocket called spermatophore, and the female
then picks it up to fertilize herself.
The eggs are scattered on the floor, individually and
the female lays from 130 to 290 eggs depending on its size.
At birth, centipedes have only tiny legs,
they will grow up with the individual over six molts.
When his legs have reached their full length, the centipede will
still have four more molts to reach its full size and
In nature the centipede lays its eggs during summer and spends winter
in its adult stage, but inside houses, its cycle may vary.
In Quebec, the centipede lives in homes, in hot and damp spots
,in basements or in bathrooms.
They live in the structure of buildings, inside walls, along plumbing,
in the air ducts etc. You can often see this insect in the
sinks or near drains.
The centipede is carnivorous. They hunt other insects such as flies,
silverfish, cockroaches or woodlice.
As the centipede fears light, it hunts through the night and hides during the day.
Since the centipede is useful because it hunts other insects, it is suggested to tolerate
its presence and avoid killing it. It is rarely found in large numbers in a house.
In addition, centipedes do not transmit any disease to humans or animals. Furthermore,
they do not cause any damage to houses.
They can sometimes be scary, so rather than kill them, take a pot with a large opening,
capture them and put them outside.
Finally, treatment can be applied but should be administered
by specialists to make sure that all sources of infestation are treated.