Centipedes are considered beneficial animals. They feed on small insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Giant tropical centipedes are known to feed on small animals, such as a mouse.
Despite their “fearful” appearance, they cause no structural or food damage, but they can deliver a painful “pinch”, especially when handled. The injected venom of centipedes is not usually fatal. It causes a slight swelling similar to bee or wasp stings.
During the summer, centipedes may enter buildings seeking shelter, where they become a nuisance pest. They usually gain access via holes and cracks in the foundation walls or by crawling under door gaps. Altering centipede’s habitats and exclusion is a key element in their management.