He said: ”Mothers are heroes. They can sense when danger is near and save their children. That centipede was the largest we’ve ever seen in the house. It could have really hurt my son.”

The creature was around 30cm long. Most centipedes are venomous and can inflict painful bites when they injecting venom through their forcipules. Bites from a giant centipede can cause swelling and severe pain for up to five days.