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House Centipede (Allothereua maculata)

Order: Scutigeromorpha
Family: Scutigeridae
Genus: Allothereua
Species: maculata (mak-yoo-LAY-ta) (Info)


3 positives
3 neutrals
2 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Jonesboro, Arkansas
El Dorado, California
Canton, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Tipton, Indiana
Anamosa, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Owensboro, Kentucky
Waldorf, Maryland
Arlington, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
Algonac, Michigan
Belleville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Louis, Missouri
Omaha, Nebraska
Larchmont, New York
West Islip, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio (2 reports)
Dayton, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Grand Bend, Ontario
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Narberth, Pennsylvania
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
Talbott, Tennessee
Sterling, Virginia

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Member Notes:

Neutral Malus2006 On Jan 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

This species seem to be uncommon to rare in the Twin Cities area. I have only notice it two times at my Grandma's house in Roseville. They have longer legs than the more common species and tend to move slowly. The species I found was in a garden shed.

Edit: I have noticed a few at my house - seem to be on the increase in the Twin Cities.

Positive OutlawDJ On Apr 7, 2008, OutlawDJ from Middleburg, PA wrote:

I had one of these in the apartment I was living in located in Paxtonville, PA. I treated it as a pet and named it Herman. Herman was quite large, 5-6 inches long and over 2 inches wide from leg tip to leg tip. One big plus was that Herman was the only bug in that apartment, he ate everything else. I used to bring insects inside so he would have something to eat.

Herman was never very popular with the ladies. A bunch of us were watching videos one night and Herman ran across one of the girl's bare leg in the dark. Can you say pandemonium? I was very busy trying to get the lights turned on and yelling at everybody not to step on him. Herman managed to escape unharmed. For the rest of the night nobody sat on the floor and all the girls kept their legs curled up on the chairs. And they insisted that the lights stay on.

When I moved I caught Herman and took him to a friends house who was having trouble with earwigs. A few months later his house was bug free. They make a great natural pest control in the home if you can stand to have them around. Give it a try. I double dog dare you.

Neutral marcona On Apr 23, 2008, marcona from El Dorado, CA wrote:

We have found many of this species in our home and around it. We have found it in our shirt sleeves when putting on clean clothes even. It has startled me more than a handful of times. I wasn't sure what it was till I came to this site and am wondering still if it is a dangerous kind of centipede to have. I have two very young children, one is not even walking yet, and I worry about their safety. If anyone knows anything more about this centipede, please let me know. Thanks.

Positive iris28 On May 19, 2008, iris28 from (dana)Owensboro, KY
(Zone 6a) wrote:

we find them in the tub every so often , i try not to kill them we have no ants or spiders because they eat them or any other bugs for that matter , they have never bit any one around here , i read that they rarely sting .

Negative furiousbeen On May 15, 2009, furiousbeen from Talbott, TN wrote:

I can't believe no one has reported them in this area before since they're so common here, we have them all over our basement. the problem is they find their way upstairs !! I understand they eat other insects, BUT..... they freak me out !!!!!!!!!!!!
I still haven't found out if they sting or not. I'm investing in BugBGone !

Neutral looper_17 On Jul 17, 2009, looper_17 from Roseville, CA wrote:

I live in central california and have never seen one of these before! It was completely alien to me and was kinda freaky! Just wanted to report that we have them here too!

Positive RhysAus On May 5, 2013, RhysAus from Adelaide
Australia wrote:

Woke up to this little guy on the wall, right near my head - had never seen one before until now. So that's in Adelaide Australia lol

Negative gunnerkerig On Aug 5, 2013, gunnerkerig from Waldorf, MD wrote:

Infesting my basement and they can bite I have been bitten once before

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