Centipede Identification & Prevention

What are centipedes?

Centipedes are predators that feed on a variety of nuisance insects and spiders; they, along with other predatory insects, help to control insect populations making them eco-important pests. These arthropods have flat, elongated bodies likened to leggy worms. Each of a centipede’s body segments has one pair of legs; their first pairs of limbs end in sharp claws and contain venom glands. Centipedes also have long antennae covered in dense hair that helps them locate prey.

a centipede crawling on a surface inside of a home in winston salem north carolina

The most common species of centipede in our area, the house centipede, has about 15 pairs of legs. House centipedes have dirty-yellow bodies with three dark, longitudinal stripes of color. Their legs have light and dark bands, giving them a striped appearance.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes have venom glands and are capable of delivering painful bites to people. However, bites to humans are a rare occurrence, and their venom is not strong enough to cause a severe reaction. Although their unpleasant appearance causes fear, centipedes are mostly nuisance pests and pose no significant threats to people or our property.

Why do I have a centipede problem?

Centipedes are problematic for homeowners because they live outside, close to the exterior of our homes. When the weather becomes too hot and dry, these moisture-loving pests seek refuge indoors, usually moving inside through cracks in the foundation or basement doors.

Where will I find centipedes?

Centipedes are nocturnal and hide during the day in dark, damp areas. Hiding spots include under mulch, stepping stones, landscaping ties, and leaf piles. Those that make their way inside choose dark, moist places to hide like basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and areas under sinks.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

If you are looking for pest control in the Charlotte area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from centipedes, contact Aruza Pest Control today!

How can I prevent centipedes in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent centipedes on your property:

  • Place a crushed rock or stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.

  • Remove excess leaves and woodpiles from your property.

  • Place door sweeps on basement doors.

  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets inside of your home.

  • Seal all cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home.

  • Inside, reduce humidity levels, by utilizing dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and ventilating crawlspaces.

 

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