Don't kill a centipede in your home

LANSING, MI (WILX) - Chances are you've seen creepy house centipedes on your walls or other places in your home.

Don't kill house centipedes - here's why

Your first instinct might be to squash them, but researchers at Michigan State University say you shouldn't.

The MSU Plant and Pest Diagnostics Team says although the house centipede might seem aggressive.... they're actually harmless.

They are found in homes usually with damp basements or crawlspaces.

It is the only centipede found in Michigan that is capable of reproducing indoors.

Researchers say you shouldn't kill them because they feed on spiders and other insects.

They can be controlled by treating basements, by using pesticides, especially under appliances.

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