Centipedes of the United States, especially the larger ones such as the giant desert centipede (Scolopendra heros) and the banded desert centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha), can inflict an intensely painful, though rarely (if ever) fatal, bite, or more accurately, a pinch. They puncture your skin with a powerful pair of modified, hollow, clawed legs located on the first body segment, immediately behind the head. They use the legs and claws like hypodemic syringes to draw venom from poison sacks within the body trunk and inject it into your flesh.
Frequency of Centipede Bites
Centipede bites do not appear to be tallied in the U. S., although they likely occur most often in the southern and southwestern parts of the country, where the larger species occur. Likely, the bites do not occur as frequently as ant, wasp, bee or hornet stings. "Most human centipede bites," said Jerome Goddard in his Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, "result when a centipede is stepped on, picked up, or otherwise contacts the body." You may meet a centipede when pulling on clothing or getting into bed, where it has sought refuge.
Originally posted by: cbrickhouseOriginally posted by: Maryland Matt
There was one in my tub this morning. Save me Brickhouse.
I just washed that nigga down the drain.
did it break apart, multiply then bite you? alert the authorities.
Originally posted by: cole
Swarms of bugs are what creep me out the most. One day I noticed an ant crawling out of a light socket in my kitchen, so I killed it and then thumped the socket, jokingly saying "anything else in there?" and then a hundred more came flying out- scattering across the walls. I wanted to die.