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.
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