What the hell bit me?
January 30, 2013 5:48 PM Subscribe
Do house centipedes bite? Because I can't figure out what made a meal of me...
posted by artemisia to health & fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When disrobing for my shower today, I realized I had several bites all over me: a cluster of five around my collarbone, a couple a bit lower, three at the side of my waist, and one a bit further down.
Before anyone says bedbugs, I dealt with this pest a few years back (at a different abode a few states away -- packed up all my stuff, gassed it, and moved across the country). These don't look like bedbug bites (despite the clustering) because they're not swelling to giant welts (as they did during that dark period). They also don't really itch. Furthermore, as a bedbug survivor, I have made it a policy to lay down bedbug traps (i.e., climb-up interceptors) beneath every piece of furniture in every apartment I've lived in since. I also use a passive interceptor, stuck to the back of my (encased) mattress. (Yes, paranoia dies hard.) I check them regularly; I checked them again today. No evidence of any bedbugs, or bugs of any kind minus a tiny spider.
The ONLY vermin I've ever seen in my apartment are house centipedes. These bastards are constantly around; I usually see about one a night, more than that in warm months -- and yesterday, it was unseasonably warm. So perhaps the house centipedes came out to play, and one got stuck in my shirt? Eek. But do they bite? I've found conflicting info online.
More generally, anyone have ideas about how to figure out what did me in? Obviously the traps designed for bedbugs isn't going to catch this culprit.