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Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Squish A Centipede In Your House

Look, it goes against all reason and instinct, but you should really never squish a centipede.

Even if you’re in the bathroom at 2 a.m. and one comes scuttling out to the drain, you should try to resist the urge.

It’s challenging, because there are few crawlies as creepy as a squirmy, fast-moving centipede.

Even those of us who are immune to the creep factor of spiders, ants, and roaches might get the shivers when confronted with all those segmented legs.

The yuck factor gets even higher when you consider their favorite hangout spots. These guys like to hang out in cool damp place, and might even take up residence in your toilet if you aren’t careful.

You have our blessing to remove these guys from the commode, but if you get the urge to stomp, resist.

The reason why is simple: you should never squish a centipede because it might be the only thing standing between you and a bathroom literally crawling with other gross creatures.

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Meet the house centipede.

Unlike its larger, more wormlike cousins, the house centipede has a fairly short body, with a perimeter of about 30 scuttling legs.

Yes, it looks like a false eyelash brought to life, and it is the very stuff of nightmares.

Still, you should never, ever squish a centipede like this, no matter how badly you may want to.

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