These multi-legged critters are quite interesting to look at and depending on the region can get quite large. The giant desert centipede can range anywhere from 6-to 9 inches long and have 20 pairs of legs.
Depending on the type of centipedes you encounter, such as the desert centipede, can be extremely venomous, inflicting painful bites on those they come in contact with. These bites can cause nausea, headaches, and tissue damage. The common house centipede is rather harmless and rarely stings, instead making household pests his meal.
Centipedes like to make dark, dry areas their home, so they can often be found in old boxes and inside your home. Centipedes are difficult to treat because they hide out of sight and are quite predators. You might have an infestation and not even know it.