Yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings
15 – 177 pairs
Elongated, flattened, worm-like
1/8 – 6” (4-152 mm)
Found throughout U.S.
Centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on household pests including flies, cockroaches, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue.
Centipedes are found throughout the United States and the world. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as in rotting logs, under stones, in trash or piles of leaves/grass. When they invade homes, centipedes are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, or potted plants.
Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests, as they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and causes pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.
The most effective way to get rid of centipedes is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.