So we were sitting down with our plates of food in the den earlier, when I noticed a large blob (I’m nearsighted but don’t usually wear my glasses unless I’m driving) on the wall near the ceiling.
I pointed. “what is that?”
My partner, who is not nearsighted, looked where I was pointing. “uuhhh…” she said apprehensively.
Now I was interested: “Ooh! Big moth? Spider?”
“Uh, neither. Giant. Hairy. Centipede.” She didn’t sound nearly as excited about it as I was.
She stood guard while I grabbed a glass, a piece of paper, and a ladder. If I missed and it jumped, I’d never find it – but I’ll bet Eater-of-Things or one of the felines would, so I had to make sure I was faster than the centipede.
The capture was successful and the house centipede is spending the night in a big jar until I can release it outside tomorrow. It’s very pretty – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one this big and healthy.
House centipedes are harmless and are voracious predators that will keep a home free of other bugs and spiders. This house is not a safe place for one, though.
Featured Image: House centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) contained in a large jar sitting on a piece of lined paper.