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Centipede

Description

Centipede

Pest Stats

Color

Yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings

Legs

15 – 177 pairs

Shape

Elongated, flattened, worm-like

Size

1/8 – 6” (4-152 mm)

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

Centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on household pests including flies, cockroaches, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue.

Habitat

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.

Threats

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.

Centipede Prevention

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.

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