There’s a common house centipedes’ favorite snack: Gingerbread.
But you can’t put them in a home that doesn’t already have a porch.
A new study from researchers at Vanderbilt University suggests that even in homes without a porch, they still prefer to eat their food in the house.
Their study, published online May 23 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that people in suburban houses with a porch were more likely to have one than those in urban houses without a porch.
Researchers found that people living in suburban homes that did not have a backyard or a porch scored lower on a test of the social distance index (Syd) than those with a backyard and porch.
The results showed that people who lived in suburbs with a garden or porch score lower than those who did not.
The researchers found that the difference in Syd scores between the suburban and urban groups was significant, with the difference being greater than the difference between the two groups.
They found that suburban residents were more than twice as likely to score in the bottom half of the scale than people in urban neighborhoods, while those living in the suburbs had lower scores than those living within the city limits.
People who lived near a park were less likely to be in the middle of the index, compared with those living close to a highway.
There’s also evidence that people with a yard or porch can be more socially distanced than people without one, researchers said.
“The results suggest that people can be at more risk of being a source of food for centipels than for gardeners or other people,” study author Elizabeth Johnson, a Vanderbilt associate professor of psychology, said in a statement.
“While there is evidence that living close indoors increases one’s likelihood of being eaten by centipelas, there is no evidence that the proximity of food to a home increases one s vulnerability to them.”