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While their name suggests they have 100 legs, centipedes can actually have between 15 and 177 pairs of legs. While they can vary in color, most house centipedes are typically brownish-yellow in color. Their bodies are flat and have many different segments. Centipedes can be 1 to 6 inches in length. A pair of long antennae can be found on the head of the centipede.
Outdoor centipedes prefer to live in damp places such as under leaves, mulch, rotting wood, and outdoor plants. Occasionally, centipedes will crawl inside if they find a crack or gap around the foundation of your house. If you notice centipedes in your home or building, you are more than likely dealing with a house centipede. Similar to outdoor centipedes, house centipedes like to live in damp places as well. These centipedes will live their entire lives indoors and are frequently found in basements, cellars, bathrooms, and closets.
Centipedes prefer to eat other insects and small bugs. Although they have poor vision, centipedes have highly sensitive antennae, which allows them to locate their prey. Once found, centipedes will poison their prey with venom from their claws. Spiders, worms, silverfish, roaches, crickets, and even other centipedes are often preyed upon by centipedes. Because they prey on common household pests, centipedes can be considered quite beneficial.
In the spring, centipedes will lay eggs in the same damp places they like to call home. They will also lay eggs inside the bark of trees, behind baseboards, and between firewood. While some species of centipede give birth to live young, house centipedes lay around 60 eggs on average. In the appropriate environment, house centipedes can live anywhere between 3 to 7 years.
Because centipedes are active at night and have a pretty scary appearance, many homeowners are afraid of them. While they do possess venomous glands, centipede bites are very rare. At its worst, a centipede bite will cause mild pain and swelling in humans. The same thing can be said for your pets. If your cat or dog gets bitten by a centipede, there is a good chance you won’t notice. Most centipedes prefer to retreat from danger rather than attack. However, if you suspect you have been bitten by a centipede, it is always best to talk to a medical professional.
House centipedes are typically attracted to homes for three reasons – moisture, food, and shelter. Centipedes cannot survive in drought-like conditions. They must have a source of water to thrive. If you are able to reduce any water or food sources near your home’s foundations or walls, you will reduce the chances of centipedes getting into your home. Leaky spigots, clogged gutters, and damp soil around your home are all very enticing to centipedes. Furthermore, if you notice a lot of insects and bugs in your yard or trash areas, there is a good chance you are at a higher risks for centipedes. Insects and small bugs like to make homes in woodpiles, damp mulch, and yard overgrowth. By eliminating these elements and keeping a well-kept yard, you can reduce the chances of centipedes entering your home.
The best way to prevent a centipede infestation is to fix any moisture problems that your house or building may have. This means repairing any leaks and possibly purchasing a dehumidifier. You should make sure all cracks and gaps in and around your home are well-sealed. This will prevent any outdoor centipedes from entering your home. Lastly, keeping your home clean and vacuuming often will help reduce the number of insects that centipedes feed on.
If you see one or more centipedes in or around your home, you should call an Aptive professional to inspect and exterminate. Due to their nocturnal behavior, centipedes can be challenging to locate during the day. An Aptive professional will know where to look and can determine the proper treatment plan. Aptive’s dedicated team uses the best, eco-friendly methods to effectively remove centipedes and ensure that your home is protected for the future.
Aptive professionals make effective, eco-friendly pest control convenient for you. Our treatments, customized to your home or business, will protect you from centipedes and other pests throughout the year.