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Centipedes

Centipede Pest Control

Centipedes are long, flat-looking arthropods (not insects!) with segmented bodies and multiple pairs of legs per segment. Although the “centi-” in centipede stands for 100, centipedes can actually have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs depending on the species. If you see a centipede in your home, contact West Termite, Pest and Lawn and we’ll help you exterminate the creepy crawlies and prevent a future infestation!

Encountering Centipedes

Centipede turning

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

Centipedes have large structures that look like claws, and underneath these claws is a venom gland. Centipedes are carnivores (meat-eaters) and they use venom to paralyze their prey. They are mostly dangerous to worms, spiders, and other small vertebrates. They very rarely bite humans, and if they do the result is usually minor skin irritation. It can be very scary to be bitten by a centipede, but it is not medically dangerous. 

That being said, if you have very small pets in the house – hamsters, mice, toy dogs, etc. – centipede bites can be very painful and possibly dangerous for them. So if you see a centipede, contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn as soon as possible.

 

A second centipede

How Can I Get Rid of Centipedes?

 

Centipedes can be difficult to exterminate completely because they are so good at hiding themselves away in dark, un-trafficked areas of your home. If you suspect you may have a centipede problem, you should contact a pest control specialist immediately. They have the appropriate chemical treatments and training to eliminate your infestation completely. 

To keep your home from being reinfested, your exterminator will likely also recommend these centipede remedies:

 
  • Moisture Reduction – repair leaks or use dehumidifiers to dry up any damp areas in your home and deter centipedes
  • Cut Back on Clutter – picking up and de-cluttering can help ensure that the centipedes have nowhere to hide. Try not to store items directly against walls. 
  • Eliminate other pests – since centipedes feed on other insects, reducing their population with pest control will cut back on the likelihood of a centipede moving back in
  • Seal Cracks – Centipedes have flat, flexible bodies and can squeeze through pretty small cracks, so seal up and gaps or cracks that might enable them to get inside.
  • Vacuum – vacuum to remove a home centipede sighting

Your pest control specialist should inspect and treat all visible cracks and crevices along with all other possible centipede harborage areas. If there are a lot of centipedes outdoors in your area, your pest control specialist may suggest outdoor chemical applications and barriers and mulching near the house.

What are the signs of a Centipede infestation?

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see a centipede infestation coming until you find them in your home. They leave very little evidence of their existence behind other than an actual sighting. And humans rarely see them because they move very fast and are mostly nocturnal creatures. They do not damage property (unlike millipedes who are known to eat wood).

 

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If you see a centipede, it is likely that there are others hiding somewhere in your home. Contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn for a free consultation. Our pest control technician will examine your home and layout a centipede extermination plan.