The Utah State University Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab conducted some amazing research about the top 20 insect families found inside homes and around structures. Here are the results of their findings:
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Centipedes are not classified as insects but belong to a separate class of arthropods called Chilopoda. They have anywhere from 15 to 300 pairs of legs. Like spiders, centipedes have venom glands that are connected to the first set of legs rather than the fangs. Their bite is compared to the sting of a wasp or yellow jacket.
They normally live outdoors and have the same habitat as sowbugs and millipedes. They can run rappidly and can squeeze into tiny crack and crevices for dwelling. Centipedes feast on insects and other organisms and are considered to be a beneficial pest. They are not know to damage plants or household furnishings. They
During the winter months Millipedes will take shelter under rocks, debris and equipment. The hibernation is to protect its self from the extreme cold temperatures. They need this rest because in the springtime they will deposit up to 300 eggs that they will bury in the soil. They feed on tomatoes, dropped fruit from trees, strawberries, corn and peas.
Because of the high moisture requirement for this insect to say alive, they are often found in dark moist plac. Areas that are most commonly found are under: