Centipedes

WHAT DO CENTIPEDES LOOK LIKE?

Centipedes are well-known for their leggy appearance; depending on the exact species a centipede can have anywhere from 15 to 177 legs! Their numerous long legs allow them to move very quickly from place to place. The centipede’s body is flat, long and segmented. Each body segment has one pair of legs, with the first pair of legs ending in sharp claws that contains venom which helps the centipede to paralyze their prey. Adults can grow to between 1/8th to 6 inches in length. Centipedes range in color from yellowish-brown to dark brown and they may have dark stripes or other types of darker colored markings on their body.

ARE CENTIPEDES DANGEROUS?

Centipedes are not dangerous. While centipedes do have the ability to deliver painful bites to people that are similar to a bee sting, the venom is not strong enough to cause any sort of reaction in most people. However, because of they're less than cuddly appearance and their quick movements they are known to startle people, making them a pest that many people fear.

WHERE AM I LIKELY TO FIND CENTIPEDES?

Centipedes are predators and feed on soft-bodied insects, worms, spiders, and even other centipedes. These predators live in the areas that give them access to their prey; they can be found living outside in dark damp areas underneath of rocks, mulch, landscaping ties, logs, or leaf litter. If the outside weather becomes too hot or dry, centipedes can be found migrating inside of homes and other structures looking for a damp environment to live in. Inside centipedes can be found living in places like crawl spaces, bathrooms, underneath of sinks, laundry rooms and in crawl spaces.

DOES MODERN OFFER CENTIPEDE CONTROL?

At Modern Pest Control, we provide pest control solutions for homes and businesses that include treatment for centipedes. When you contact our company for your centipede problem, we will start with a thorough inspection to determine where centipedes are living on your property; our professionals will then design a layout customized for your property to control centipede populations. Contact Modern Pest Control today for more information about the control solutions we provide in the Greater Houston area.

HOW CAN I PREVENT CENTIPEDE Infestations?

Preventing centipede infestations on your property is a difficult job. Listed below are a few tips on how to discourage centipedes from choosing your property to live on and to keep them from migrating into your home.

  • Place door sweeps underneath of all exterior doors, especially basement doors. Caulk gaps found around all exterior doors.

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation.

  • Seal the spaces found around pipes, wires and other utilities entering into your house.

  • Remove piles of leaves, fallen trees, and rotting logs from your property.

  • Reduce moisture levels in your home by installing de-humidifiers and making sure that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.

  • Make sure that gutters are intact, unclogged, and are working to direct water away from your home.

  • Place a rock barrier between the foundation of your home and any mulch or garden areas.

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