I've been doing some research online to try to find out what kind it could be since I don't think we have that many kinds of centipedes in Vermont. From everything I could find, it appears it was most likely a house centipede, but all the literature says they grow to only about 1.5 inches in length and the one I saw was at least 3 inches long and I really think it was closer to 4! I scared it with the light and it weaved back and fourth down the wall trying to fit it's big long body into the crack around the water drainage pipe for the washing machine, but it wouldn't fit because it was so big! A good inch or more was left out. I knew I wouldn't sleep if I didn't do something about it, so I grabbed a can of ant and roach spray and saturated all around the pipe. Ewww, it wiggled it's way out of sight and I have no idea if it found a way out or died. All I know is, I haven't slept much the past two nights. I'm trying to make myself feel better by telling myself that everything I've read says that they are a good pest to have because they eat other pests like spiders and such, but they also bite!
I tried to find a picture to show you all and found a website called "What's That Bug" http://www.whatsthatbug.com/cent.html I couldn't find any copywrite warnings on this website at all, so I hope it's okay to post a picture of the little monster.
I still don't know if it was a house centipede because of the size, but I guess it's possible that one could grow bigger, right?
Here it is....
I think it really looked more like this one though...a tropical centipedeIf anyone knows if these live in Vermont, I'd love to know.