Color: Centipedes are yellowish to dark brown, and some will have darker stripes or markings.
Characteristics: Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs. Often found in areas of moisture both indoors and outdoors feeding on prey and plant tissues.
Size: Centipedes are approximately 1/8 – 6” long.
Potentially Dangerous: Yes, centipedes can sting. Pain is similar to a bee sting.
What is a centipede?
Centipedes are primarily carnivorous insects and live in places of moisture such as under bark, in piles of leaves, basements, bathrooms, damp closets, or potted plants.
Why do I have centipedes?
If you’re noticing centipedes in your home, they are likely finding moisture. These areas attract centipedes. The best way to prevent them is to reduce or eliminate these areas of moisture including:
- Accumulations of leaves and grass clippings
- Logs, stones, and rocks
- Ensure proper ventilation in any moist areas such as crawl spaces, bathrooms, and basements.
Are centipedes dangerous?
Large species can bite human skin, leaving a bee sting-like bite if they feel threatened. Although these stings are painful, they are generally not fatal.
How do I get rid of centipedes?
To get rid of centipedes indoors, you can easily be remove them using a vacuum. Since it’s much harder to remove them outdoors, preventing them in the first place is key.
Is the treatment safe?
All products used are EPA registered for pest control use to keep your family, pets, and plants as safe as possible. Your technician will fully explain treatment options being used so you are well informed. Contact Wil-Kil Pest Control today to learn more about your treatment options for centipedes.
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