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  • Slightly over 1 inch
  • Reddish-brown, flattened and elongated with one pair of legs attached on most body segments
  • First pair of legs are poisonous jaws located below the mouth to kill insects
  • Feed on live insects and other small mammals, but do not damage plants
  • Encountered in damp basements in the fall
  • Become adults in the winter and lay eggs during the warm months
  • Eggs are usually laid in the soil, with a few species giving birth to live young
  • Feed on small insects such as roaches, clothes moths, and house flies
  • Do not damage food supplies or household furnishings
  • If crushed, will bite, which causes some pain and swelling
  • Sometimes live up to 6 years