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What are centipedes?

Centipedes are a nocturnal species, whose name means a hundred legs. They are commonly found living in dark, moist areas, like underneath of rocks, logs, and leaf piles. A centipede’s body can be described as being flat and worm-like. They are commonly gray to yellowish-brown in color, and can have dark stripes or other dark markings on their body and legs.

Centipedes can range in length from 1/8th – 6 inches in length and have one pair of long thin legs per segment. Depending on the species, they have between 75-177 legs. Centipedes feed on a variety of insects, including spiders and flies and even some plants.

Are they considered a nuisance pest or destructive?

Centipedes are considered mostly to be nuisance pests. They don’t cause damage to property or pose substantial health risks. It should be noted, however, that they do have the strength to bite a person, if they are directly handled or feel threatened. The pain from the bite feels similar to that of a bee sting.

How do centipedes get inside?

Centipedes will enter into homes through cracks around windows and doors, and through crevices found in foundations. Inside they can be found in basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and attics.

Why do centipedes infest homes and businesses?

Centipedes will enter into buildings as they search for food and for living conditions (dark, damp environments) that suit their needs.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

Getting rid of centipedes from your home can be a difficult task. Making sure to reduce areas of humidity within your home, and sealing up cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation and around exterior windows and doors can help.

The best way to control centipedes and other common household pests from invading your home is with professional pest control services. Experts will be able to find all the areas in your home where centipedes are hiding and eliminate them safely and quickly. At Allgood, we can treat and control centipedes year-round with our residential pest control plans.

For more information about how we can help control centipedes in your home or business, contact us today!

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