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Centipedes

What do centipedes look like?

centipede on a piece of fruit in seneca

The centipede’s name means ‘hundred-legs’, but the truth of the matter is that depending on the size of their body and specific species, they can have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Centipedes have maxillipeds (specialized front limbs) that end in sharp claws. These claws contain venom glands and help centipedes capture and paralyze their pray. Adult centipedes have long segmented bodies, range in color from yellow-gray to dark brown, and grow between 1/8th and 6 inches in length.

Hatchlings (young centipedes) that have just emerged from their eggs look very similar to adults but are smaller in size. They develop slowly gaining a new body segment and set of legs each time they molt.

Where are centipedes found?

Centipedes live outdoors, preferring damp, dark places including under mulch, stones, logs, leaf piles, and other vegetation. Centipedes become a problem when they move indoors to escape weather that is too hot and or too dry for them to live comfortably. Like other occasional invaders, these pests enter through cracks and other openings. Basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and crawlspaces are common places to find these bugs inside. You might also discover them around potted plants and underneath kitchen sinks.

What do centipedes eat?

Centipedes are predators; they come out of their daytime hiding spot to hunt their prey during the nighttime hours. Centipedes feed on spiders, earwigs, roaches, and other insects.

DIY centipede prevention and control tips

Even though centipedes have venom and are capable of biting people, they are not considered dangerous. They are nuisance pests though. To keep these leggy pests out of your home, we recommend sealing any cracks, caulking gaps around doors and windows, sealing opening around pipes, utilities, and air conditioners. You should also remove excessive moisture in your home or structure. Outside, keep gutters free of clogs, remove debris from the lawn, and install a barrier between your lawn and/or mulch and foundation.

Professional centipede control

At Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, we offer home pest control solutions that target common household pests including occasional invaders. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection.

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