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What are Centipedes?

Centipedes, which are frightening and unsightly insects, are long-legged pests that no one wants to discover lurking in their homes' corners.

People can usually tell if they're dealing with a centipede. Their bodies are long, segmented, flattened, and have one pair of lengthy thin legs that sprout from each body section.

The average length of an adult house centipede is between one and six inches, and it is usually yellowish-gray or brown in color. The most common ones we encounter are about an inch to an inch and a half in length.

A centipede has a long antenna and a first pair of legs that have sharp claws, as well as several identifying features. The combination of sharp claws and venomous fangs allows these predators to paralyze their prey with a single strike.

They are beneficial as predators in that they assist to keep undesirable insect populations under control. However, when these arthropods infest our gardens or houses in droves, they become unwanted pests.



Do you have Centipedes in your home or you are not sure? We can handle the identification and get you a solution to your problem quickly.

Centipedes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are not particularly harmful pests, but you should remain cautious around them, and it is unadvisable to catch them.

They have the ability to inflict a painful bite on people as a defense mechanism. The majority of centipedes are minor nuisances, but the most serious concern when dealing with them is that they are unpleasant to deal with and difficult to control.

Why do I have a Centipede problem?

They are drawn to areas that offer them water and lots of insects to hunt. Centipedes are a sign of underlying moisture or insect infestation in your house.

Centipedes like soil and landscaping materials (such as mulch, pebbles, and railway ties) that are located near the foundations of our houses.

When living near our homes, they are able to enter through vents, cracks in the foundation, or basement doors with ease. The most common reason these long-legged pests move inside is due to too hot and dry weather.

Where will I find Centipedes?

In nature, one of the centipede's favorite hiding spots is under decaying logs. They may also be seen hiding in bushes, among massive grasses, or under leafy mounds or other decaying vegetation.

Centipedes frequent places about homes where they hide, such as the undersides of dense bushes, earthwork ties, woodpiles, fallen trees, leaves, or brush heaps.

When centipedes enter a building, they seek out locations that are moist, dark, and conducive to growth. The following are among the most common hiding places for centipedes:

  • Cabinets under sinks
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements
  • Areas around sump pumps or drains
  • Wall voids near plumbing pipes

How do I get rid of Centipedes?

The best solution to get rid of centipedes from your home or business is to call 24h Pest Pros. We provide rapid response times and a sense of security that your pest concerns will be addressed and won't return.

Our professionals are experienced in dealing with centipedes, and we utilize the most up-to-date and efficient treatments to get rid of them from your properties.

Give us a call right now to discover why your neighbors choose 24h Pest Pros for their pest control needs.

How can I prevent Centipedes in the future?

Prevent centipedes from entering your home by working with 24h Pest Pros and following these prevention strategies:

  • Keep your home free of centipedes by keeping the surrounding area dry. Gutters that aren't draining properly, overgrown shrubs that need to be trimmed back, and a barrier between any mulch or dirt and your foundation are all things to keep in mind.
  • Remove any debris, including decaying pieces of wood from your yard, toppled trees, tree stumps, heaps of leaves, and brush stacks.
  • Repair leaks in your pipes inside or outside of your property.
  • Keep your grass trimmed to a manageable length and remove weeds or grass from the foundation.
  • Repairing cracks in the foundation, adding door sweeps on exterior doors, and covering vents that enter into your property can help make moving in difficult.
  • Centipedes are attracted to moisture, so place dehumidifiers or air conditioners inside to keep them at bay.
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