Centipedes characteristically have many legs and are fast running predators. They are called “hundred-leggers” in some areas because of all those legs. These yellow to brown creatures have one pair of legs on each body segment. All centipedes have poisonous jaws which inject the poison into their prey. Centipedes frequent moist areas, such as cinder stones, loose bark, rotting logs, flowerbed mulch, or basements with debris and moisture where their prey are common.
The boxelder bug is native of the western states. It has become established in the East as the boxelder tree has been brought east to be planted and grown. The adults are black with distinctive red markings. The nymphs are bright red and have a few bristles covering the body. This insect is a pest only because of its presence. In the fall the adults may enter a structure looking to hibernate in wall voids and attics. The adults are able to fly up to two miles and may gather on south or west walls as the sun warms these surfaces.
Stinkbugs range slightly in size, generally coming in between 1/3 inch and and 3/4 inch in length. The bugs are also known as shield bugs, and for good reason. The outer shell that covers them typically takes on a shield like appearance, either triangular or somewhat rounded in shape. On the back of that shell is a smaller shield, also triangular or somewhat rounded in shape. This is known as the scutella and it's essentially a hard piece of armor that protects a stink bug. Some stink bugs have scutellas so large they cover nearly their entire backs.
Silverfish & Firebrats
All members of the order Thysanura have a body shape like a flat carrot with the head being broad and the body tapering down to an arrow posterior and the adults are Grey silver or brown and are about 1/2 1/2 inch long they all have three long bristles or tails on the posterior end of the body these insects can live a year or more without food. The silverfish seek high humidity areas to live and feed. The Firebrats seek high temperature areas, preferably above 90 degrees F and are often found around ovens, boilers and stoves.