The centipede are causing destruction to cocoa farms in the area[/caption] Thousands of poisonous centipedes have invaded farms and homes of over 170 settlements in the Juaboso District of the Western Region where they are destroying cocoa farms and causing inconvenience to residents. Compounds of residents in the affected areas, as well as their kitchen, rooms, churches, schools and health facilities have all been flooded by the centipedes. Health authorities at the affected clinics and the community members are struggling to control the invasion of the venomous creature that is hazardous to humans. Residents of the affected communities, which include Bonsu-Nkwanta, New Berekum, Ahwiafofu and Danyame, have now abandoned their farms in order to protect their compound with regular sweeping. The few farmers who are able to go to their farms also say they do not get a place to stand and work in the farms due to the centipedes. “We cannot leave our family and go to the farm because of the invasion of centipedes in our communities,” Emmanuel Addo, a farmer told TV3 Two children were said to have died last year due to a similar invasion last year. Although a bite to an adult human is usually very painful and may cause severe swelling, chills, fever, and weakness, it is unlikely to be fatal. Bites can be dangerous to small children and those with allergies to bee stings. The venomous bite of larger centipedes can induce anaphylactic shock in such people. Smaller centipedes are generally incapable of piercing human skin.