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Old 10-07-2007, 11:51 AM
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My daughter just rented an apartment, everything is brand new, but she has been seeing a lot of centipedes. She is going to tell the landlord that she needs an exterminator, but my big question is...will they get into her food in the cabinets? So far she has only seen them on the floor, but I don't know if they will eat their way into cardboard boxes.
Anyone know?
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:02 PM
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I don't know if they will get into cabinets but I am in Atlanta and bought a home that was empty for quite a few months...initially I saw at least one a day...now 2 months in...I have not seen one in about 2 weeks but I always saw them on the floor and I just smacked them...hope to get more answers from others.
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:29 PM
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Maybe you have something else...

"The house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) is a fast-moving carnivore that feeds on insects such as cockroaches, house flies, and other small house pests, and is thus harmless to humans, but its alarming appearance and painful bite often results in its extermination from residences. The bite of a smaller centipede in temperate areas may be similar to a bee sting, but the bite of a larger tropical species is excruciatingly painful, leaving two black puncture wounds about a centimeter apart."

"Keep your house dry. Centipedes dry out and die if they don’t stay in a moist environment, so if you clean up damp closets and basements, and use dehumidifiers, centipedes will find a more hospitable place to live."
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:06 AM
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Yes.. if its a house centipede (there are some great pictures on the web) - its a good thing and will try to scurry out of her way and eat other pests.

If its a big ugly poisonous centipede (saw them occasionally in New Mexico, in my apartment). Kill them. They are horrible!
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:36 PM
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I've always wanted to try to trip a centipede ...

They eat other bugs, so I doubt if they'll get into food. Outdoors, they live under things, so have your daughter tell the landlord to check any wood piles close to the house, or any nearby trees.

Careful when you smoosh 'em. They explode. Centipede guts everywhere. Ewww.
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