stone centipede

stone centipede

6113   I was wondering if you could help me to identify this insect?  I live in a condo in Port Credit, Ontario.  For the most part, the weather is hot and humid, and has been raining often.  My condo is air conditioned, and not humid like the weather outside.  I found 2 of these insects within a week in my kitchen.  The first one was in my lower cupboard beside the fridge, and was inside a plastic measuring cup.  The second one was not alive, and was found on my kitchen floor.  They are approximately 1-inch in length and have numerous “legs” with antennae that look “bent” on one end, with “straight” antennae on the other end.  The body looks quite flat, and there seems to be a circular part of the body attached to the antennae that are straight.  I would really appreciate your help in identifying and controlling this insect.  Thank you.

This is a centipede (class Chilopoda); it looks like one of the stone centipedes in the family Lithobiidae, see https://tinyurl.com/y9789a4x for an example. These are accidental intruders, and not at all dangerous to humans.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.