Centipede Identification & Prevention

What are centipedes?

Centipedes are a type of predatory arthropod that feeds on a variety of insects, mites, spiders, and other arthropods. The centipede’s body is flat, long, and segmented. Depending on the species, they grow to between an eighth and six inches long. Each body segment has one pair of legs, with the first pair of legs ending in sharp venomous claws.

a centipede on a rock

Centipedes are known for their many pairs of legs and, depending on their species, they can have between 15 and 177 pairs! The centipede’s body ranges in color from yellowish-brown to dark brown, with some species having stripes or other identifying markings.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are mainly considered nuisance pests, yet, you should never handle centipedes as they are capable of delivering painful bites if they feel threatened. While their bites do feel similar to a bee sting, the good news is, their venom is not strong enough to cause a reaction in most people.

Why do I have a centipede problem?

Centipedes live outside in damp soil, and the soil found around the foundation of our homes and other buildings often makes the perfect habitat for them. Centipedes have high moisture needs; this means that during periods of very hot or dry weather, it is common for centipedes to move indoors. They like to take advantage of any cool, humid environments our homes offer. Centipedes find their way into our homes through cracks in the foundation and spaces under exterior doors.

Centipedes are attracted to areas of moisture and feed on insects – meaning their presence in or around your home may be a sign of an underlying moisture issue, or a bigger pest problem.

Where will I find centipedes?

Outside, centipedes live in dark, quiet, moist areas. The soil under mulch, stones, landscaping ties, logs, and trash cans make suitable hiding spots for centipedes. If these leggy insects have decided to move into your home, they typically hide in basements, crawlspaces, and areas under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

Get rid of centipedes with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate your current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it's our own. To learn more about protecting your Beaver County, Iron County, or Washington County, Utah home or business from centipedes, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent centipedes in the future?

Prevent problems with centipedes the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with centipedes:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Replace any torn or loose window and door screens.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Make sure gutters are working to direct water away from the outside of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard.

  • Place trash cans and recycling bins on pallets up off of the ground.

  • Use a dehumidifier in basement areas.

  • Repair any leaking pipes and dripping faucets.

 

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