Although centipedes are not particularly threatening to humans, they are an inconvenience to have around the house just like any other pest. Centipedes have long segmented bodies, with each segment containing a pair of legs. They usually are reddish/orange or brown. Different types of species can range in size, from 4mm all the way to 152 mm. Centipedes actually have small claws that contain venom used to paralyze their prey like worms, spiders, and other small insects. Fortunately, the venom is not dangerous to humans, usually causing only mild irritation.
Centipedes prefer damp, dark, and secluded areas, so make sure to check areas like the garage, basement, bathroom, or closet in your home. Although every bug in your home is a huge nuisance, centipedes will actually eat other insects that are around and may get rid of some additional pest issues.
Centipedes are nocturnal creatures and are generally pretty fast and agile, meaning humans often miss spotting them at first. They also don’t typically leave behind any signs that they’ve invaded and may go unnoticed for a while. Fortunately, centipedes will not ruin any structural areas of your home. However, no homeowner wants to deal with any pest invasion, so it is still important to take care of the matter promptly.
There are a number of simple solutions you can try to get rid of centipedes. Try reducing the amount of moisture located in areas where centipedes exist. They prefer damp spots, so getting rid of excess water helps eliminate them. If you have any type of clutter lying around in the attic or garage, consider doing a quick clean-up. This will remove places where centipedes like to hide. If you notice you are struggling with other insect invasions, you may want to try eliminating those first. Centipedes are carnivorous and feed off of other bugs, so this will ultimately remove their food source and force them to look elsewhere. Finally, check for cracks and crevices in the walls or floorboards to remove the entryways centipedes have into your home.
If you find that you are still struggling to remove centipedes from your home, give us a call! We are more than happy to help remove centipedes and other pests around your home with methods that have been proven effective.