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0.125 - 6 inches

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What do Centipedes look like?

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.

What are the signs of Centipedes?

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.

What Damage do Centipedes cause?

Centipedes will not cause damage to your home. They could leave a stain on your wall if you crush them, but will not damage anything.

How do you prevent Centipedes?

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 prevention tips include:
Remove moisture in your home by using a dehumidifier, specifically in your basement
Reduce clutter to prevent giving shelter
Centipedes appear when their are other pests in your house, remove other pest infestations to prevent centipedes
Seal all cracks that allow centipedes to enter your home

How do I get rid of Centipedes?

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 Centipedes hurt me?

Centipedes carry diseases inside their bodies but will not spread harmful bacteria to humans. They will only bite when they’re being handled and feel threatened, otherwise they run away. Their bites might cause light swelling, but no serious health problems.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

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.