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Well, maybe a little when one suddenly darts up the wall from behind your desk at some ungodly hour of the night, like this fine specimen just did only then to hang out tolerant enough to let me get the camera up close and personal before moving on, and of course I let it.

The truth is your average house centipede wants nothing to do with humans and is actually quite beneficial to have around… unless you have a softspot for the pests it likes to eat such as spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish or ants.