Picture of House Centipede common to Greater Sacramento Area

Centipedes

Characteristics

House centipedes can be found anywhere in the home: the kitchen, bathrooms, drains, basements, garages, attics, and well, you get the picture. They have long, flattened bodies, typically 1-1 ½” long. They notably have slender, thread-like legs (each body segment has a pair for a total of 30 legs in adults). The last two legs of females are noticeably longer (2X the normal length). Centipedes are typically yellowish-brown coloring with dark stripes, and have large, well-developed eyes.

Centipedes Behavior

Protected, damp areas are typically where house centipedes will choose to nest. House centipedes readily reproduce in warm, humid conditions. During the spring and summer months, the females lay eggs in clutches of 60-150 eggs. Combine this with the several year life expectancy of female house centipedes and there is the potential for several hundred new centipedes.

They’re not an aggressive arthropod. Though their bite can cause temporary, localized pain (and rarely worse), they will not bite a person unless they’re provoked. House centipedes can also be helpful around the house. Their prey typically consists of other common household pests that you’ll find in the Greater Sacramento area, such as cockroaches, flies, moths, small spiders and silverfish. House centipedes are nocturnal hunters and they are fast! The chances are if you see one there are many more that you’ve probably missed.

Centipedes Pest Control

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