Centipedes

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Centipedes

Though their name means “one hundred legs,” centipedes can have anywhere from 10 to 300 legs. Just like millipedes, they’re an arthropod, and just like millipedes, their number of legs is truly outrageous. So what do they do with all of those legs? Their long, thin bodies require a lot of support and having all those legs provides what they need along with the ability to move quickly to catch any food that attempts to skitter away. 

While usually harmless, centipedes aren’t afraid to bite when provoked, leaving their victim with a wound feeling similar to a bee sting. Instead of attempting to relocate centipedes (and their many legs) outside your home, let the professionals at Greenix Pest Control step to the front lines.

How To Identify Centipedes

Long legs, long bodies, and long antennae are all characteristics of centipedes, which makes most people want to see them long gone. These pests can appear in several colors, however they are most commonly brown or reddish orange. Centipedes have flat, segmented bodies that contain one pair of legs per segment. Oddly enough, you’ll never find a centipede with exactly 100 legs as they have an odd number of pairs of legs.

House centipedes look a bit different, with a grayish yellow body that has dark stripes down the length of their bodies and legs. In addition, their last set of legs and antennae are longer than their bodies and possibly even longer than your to-do list this week.

Why Do I Have Centipedes in My Home?

Most centipedes make their way into your home by accident, fail to thrive, and die before they become a problem. However one species, the house centipede, is uniquely suited to living indoors and will seek out this environment whenever possible. Typically, finding a centipede or two in your home doesn’t require you to sound the alarm but if you discover the number of centipedes is rapidly increasing, you likely have a bigger problem at hand. 

Centipedes feast on silverfish, roaches, spiders, moths, flies, and even termites. When you find centipedes in your home it’s an indication that another pest problem lies ahead.  

Centipede Prevention Tips

These creepy (x100) crawlers make their way inside through holes, cracks, or gaps in your foundation as well as under openings between doors and their frames. The house centipede can even crawl up through drains and sump pumps to break in. When searching for the problem areas around your house that centipedes can break through, pay attention to leaks on both the exterior and interior of your home. Similar to other pests, they’re constantly in search of moisture and water. Fix exterior cracks and crevices as well as holes around doors and windows. For additional protection, install door sweeps so no one makes it in under your watch.

Centipede Control With Greenix Pest Control

With too many legs for their own good, it’s no secret that having centipedes crawling around gives most people the heebie jeebies. If you’ve taken steps to protect your home and are still finding centipedes in your kitchen, basement, or anywhere else, it’s time to call in the service professionals at Greenix Pest Control. Our experts are trained to identify problem areas, develop a plan of action, and check in regularly to make sure that once pests are off your property, they’re gone for good. Receive your free quote by contacting Greenix today!

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The Greenix Seasonal Pest plan removes and prevents:

  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Spiders
  • Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Silverfish
  • Stinkbugs
  • Pillbugs
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Mites

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