These worm-like bugs are distinctive for their slender bodies and long legs. Centipedes are often mistakenly known for having a hundred legs. However, they actually have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. It is not clear why, but they always have odd pairs of legs.
Centipedes are often seen at night. Their diet consists of small insects, including flies, ants, and spiders. They can also feed on leaves and plants. It is common to spot centipedes scavenging for food scraps in the trash can, or hiding under leaves and stones.
Centipedes are not dangerous, but they have the potential to bite if handled roughly. Their bite is often described as being similar to the sting of a bee. Other than that, centipedes are mostly a nuisance pest, rather than a reason for concern.