Centipedes

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What do centipedes look like?

centipede on a new jersey driveway

“Hundred leggers” or centipedes have a long worm-like body that is segmented; each segment has its own pair of legs. Adult centipedes can grow to between 1/8th and 6 inches in length. Depending on the centipede's species and size, they can have as few as 15 legs or as many as 177 legs; they use their many legs to move very quickly while hunting prey or escaping danger. Centipedes are yellow to darkish-brown in color and their first pairs of their legs (maxillipeds) end in sharp claws and contain the venom that they use to capture their prey; centipedes have poor eyesight so they use touch and smell to find their prey.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are usually considered to be a nuisance pest when inside of homes and pose no real threat to humans. While centipedes have the ability to inflict very painful bites (think bee sting) to people, this rarely occurs. Also, the venom from a centipede bite is not strong enough to cause any serious side effects besides pain.

Why do I have a centipede problem?

Centipedes like to live in areas of high moisture; outside they can be found living under decaying logs, mulch, leaf piles, stones, landscaping timbers, and underneath of decks and porches. While foraging they may enter inside of a home through gaps found underneath of exterior doors, spaces found in the siding of a home, or through open areas found around utility entrances. Inside they will seek a dark moist area to hide and hunt prey in; centipedes are typically found in basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and closets.

Can I control centipedes?

The best way to get rid of centipedes from your home is to contact a pest control professional that understands how to find and totally eliminate these nuisance pests from your home. The experienced pest control experts at Arrow Pest Control have the training and knowledge needed to quickly and safely find and eliminate all the centipedes that are hiding in your home through our residential service options.  If centipedes have decided to invade your New Jersey property or home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control!

How do I make my property less attractive to centipedes?

The best way to prevent problems with centipedes in your home is to remove organic debris from around your property that may attract them and seal the spaces in the exterior of your home that may allow them in.

  • Place door sweeps underneath of 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.  
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