Centipedes

What do centipedes look like?

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 to between 1/8 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 inside Iowa & Illinois homes 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. You might also discover them around potted plants and underneath kitchen sinks.

What do centipedes eat?

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

Contact Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators! We Are Ready to Help

A member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm your contact details or address questions you may have.

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 caulking any gaps around doors and windows, and sealing openings around pipes, utilities, and air conditioners. You should also remove excessive moisture in your building. Outside, keep gutters free of clogs, remove debris from the lawn, and install a barrier between your lawn and the 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 residential and commercial services, or to schedule an inspection.

Why Choose Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators?

  • A Category of One
    There are plenty of pest control companies out there, but there is only one pest eliminator. We don't want to control the pests in your home or business, we want them gone forever. Call us today to get rid of your pest problem for the last time!
  • Guaranteed Service
    Our local, family-owned pest control company is committed to friendly service, effective solutions, and 100% customer satisfaction! If you need pest control in Central Illinois and the Quad Cities, we are ready to help!
  • Effective Solutions
    For over 95 years, Quik-Kill has been perfecting our craft and developing our skills to deliver the best results! Our services include residential pest control, rodent control, mosquito control, and more!
  • Sudden Service
    We understand how important dependable service is to you, and we make every effort to respond to your pest problems quickly! How soon can your tech come out? Contact us to get started!

Connect with Us Request a Free Estimate

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please lookup your address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
    "Happy Customers Here"
    Jim was exactly on time, very courteous, was very efficient in his work. Explained a few things very clearly. Happy to have him doing our pest elimination.
    - Jake D.
    "Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators is a great local company"
    Dave always takes care of anything bug/rodent-related in our office with skill & professionalism. He has the best customer service skills. He always has a smile on his face!
    - Cat S.
    "Made Everything Easy for Me"
    I would highly recommend Bianca for any of your pest control needs. She was extremely knowledgeable, very pleasant and very through. She explained everything before proceeding and put our minds at ease regarding our pets.
    - Heidi S.
    "We highly recommend him and Quick Kill!"
    Jim is very knowledgeable and courteous! He accommodated our schedule last minute and we appreciate him! He knows his pests and is very helpful at eliminating them from our property!
    - Sue W.
    "Love Them!"
    They were fast, friendly, and even cleaned up after they were done. I was extremely impressed with the service we recieved today!
    - Zachary Z.
FREE Inspection
Where We Service