- Sep 12, 2002
I've seen a number of people claim that house centipedes bite, so for a long time I was afraid to touch them (I'm not a person who ever gets envenomated on purpose) but years ago I found out that many of the smaller centipedes really can't bite despite rumors and stories (yes I am referring to the venemous hug as a bite though the venom is injected with the front legs and not mouthparts). It's very difficult to catch a house centipede without hurting it unless you use bare hands so with time I've become accustomed to catching them with my hands. Unlike stone centipedes which try to envenomate with all their might but are unsuccessful, I haven't observed the house centipedes actually make an attempt (though they are less powerful than stone centipedes and likely couldn't) but I hold them in a closed hand since if the body is grabbed they lose legs by the handful and I couldn't see a feeble attempt. My question is, is there anyone here who has actually been bitten by a house centipede? Not a friend they heard from or a bite they misidentified but an actual visually verified bite?