Centipedes are scary little creatures with a segmented body and numerous legs. They are sometimes called 'hundred leggers' because of their many pair of legs. They actually have anywhere from 15 - 177 pairs of legs, depending on the species. Centipedes always have an odd pair of legs.
Centipedes are yellowish to dark brown with darker stripes or markings. Most Centipedes are nocturnal and prey primarily on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue. They are found throughout the U.S. and the world. They are most often found in areas of excessive moisture, such as rotting logs, under stones, in trash, or piles of leaves and grass.
When they enter homes, Centipedes are most commonly found in areas of high humidity like basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and potted plants. Centipedes are attracted to the homes of humans because they eat the other pests that dwell within. If you have centipedes in your home, it is most likely that you have a problem with other pests as well. They are relatively long-lived critters. They do not sting, but the legs of the first body segment contain toxins, or poisons. Call an exterminator to get rid of centipedes and the other pests that are drawing them inside.
Centipedes are generally considered to be a nuisance pest as they pose no significant threat to health or property. However all House Centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some large species can inflict a painful bite that can break the skin causing pain and swelling similar to a bee sting.
To prevent house Centipede infestations is to reduce the moisture in and around the home. Remove leaf or grass piles that are over 1 inch thick from around the house as these piles will trap moisture. Keep firewood off the ground and away from the house when being stored. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces and basements. Seal any cracks and crevices around the home that these bugs can come in through. If you find you have a Centipede infestation in your home call a pest pro to get an inspection and detailed plan to eradicate these nuisance pests.
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