Are Centipedes Dangerous to Humans?

There is no documentation that a centipede has caused the death of a human, although small children and those with known insect allergies may experience more severe symptoms. If you suspect an allergic reaction to a centipede bite, medical attention should be sought immediately.

Larger species of centipede are capable of delivering a more painful bite than smaller species. However, most centipedes do not pose a serious threat other than pain and swelling, and some species are too small to penetrate human skin. Pain from a bite wound can last several days and may be accompanied by discoloration, numbness and necrosis.

Centipedes should not be handled. Centipede bodies are extremely flexible and can bend to allow them to bite from a variety of angles if held.