House centipedes are actually beneficial – they capture flies, cockroaches, and other small household pests. They never damage plants or household items.
Size: 1/8 to 6 inches long
Color: Yellowish to dark brown, often with dark markings. House centipedes are a grey-yellow with three stripes down the back.
Activity/Behavior: When provoked, a few large kinds of centipedes can inflict a painful bite that may cause localized swelling, discoloration, and numbness.
Where They Live: Centipedes usually are found in damp, dark places, such as under stones, leaf mulch, or logs. Indoors, centipedes may occur in damp areas of basements, closets, or bathrooms. During the day, they hide in dark cracks and crevices, coming out at night to search for insects to eat.
Tips for Control: Reductions in the number of household centipedes occur when their food source (other household pests) is controlled. Airing out damp places may help.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help: Control of centipedes takes persistence and experience because it’s a gateway to other problems. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but centipedes have many hiding places and many food sources. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of centipedes.
Suburban Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. Our technicians are registered and licensed with NY State. Our technicians participate in a continuing education program.
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