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 can be 1/8 – 6” long in a flattened, worm-like appearance.
Potentially Dangerous: Yes
Bites & Stings
What is a centipede?
Centipedes are primarily carnivorous 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?
In general centipedes are not dangerous, but larger species can bite human skin leaving a bee sting-like bite if they feel threatened.
How do I get rid of centipedes?
Indoors, centipedes can easily be removed using a vacuum. Outdoors, the best way to remove centipedes is prevention.
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.
September means back to school, the return of cooler weather and the invasion of over-wintering pests. Over-wintering pests are those pesky creatures that move into structures in the fall, camp out and lay dormant all winter, and then emerge with abandon at the first sign of warm weather. The most common over-wintering pests in the upper Midwest include Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs and cluster flies.
Pest control companies receive an influx of calls in the spring when these pests try to exit homes or businesses. The best way to avoid seeing them in the spring though, is to prevent them from entering your home or business in the fall. So, how do you keep over-wintering pests out?