What do centipedes look like?

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Centipedes are often called “hundred-leggers”, but not every centipede has a hundred legs. In fact, depending on the species, centipedes may have as little as 15 legs and as much as 150 legs.  They have one pair of legs per body segment and a pair of long antennae.  Centipedes are yellowish to dark brown and have an elongated flat body that can range in length from 1/8th of an inch to 6 inches.  

Centipede behaviors

Centipedes, when living outside can be found in moist dark environments like underneath large stones, landscaping ties, rotting logs, and piles of organic materials like leaves or grass.  Most centipedes are nocturnal and will hide during the day, coming out at night to hunt and feed on insects and spiders; they will also feed on some plant materials.

Centipedes will enter homes while searching for food or when the weather becomes too hot or dry for them to live comfortably outside.  They can be found inhabiting the moist areas of basements, in crawl spaces, and in bathrooms.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are not usually considered to be a dangerous pest species to people or property.  They do have the ability to inflict painful bites, but centipede bites rarely occur and usually don’t cause any harm (except for the short-lived pain) to the person they have bitten.  

Can Suburban help with a centipede problem?

Centipedes are a nuisance pest that Suburban Exterminating can help homeowners resolve.  Our home pest control services offer year round pest protection that include customized treatments, routine service calls and peace of mind!  In addition to our residential solutions, Suburban offers commercial pest control programs that are designed to control and prevent centipedes and other insects and rodents that are trying to creep in.  Schedule your free estimate or simply contact us with your questions.

Centipede prevention tips

Keeping centipedes and other pests out of your home may seem like an insurmountable task, but there are a few things you can do to deter them from choosing your property to invade.  Our centipede prevent tips include:  

  • Seal any cracks or crevices found in the foundation of your home; make sure to install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.
  • Remove piles of leaves and grass from your property.
  • Eliminate moisture build-up by making sure that gutters are working properly and that any leaky pipes or faucets are repaired.
  • Keep clutter out of basement and storage areas.
  • Reduce areas of moisture in your home by using dehumidifiers and/or air-conditioners.

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