What do centipeds look like?

Centipedes have many legs and a flattened, worm-like, segmented body. Each body segment has one pair of legs - the number of legs a centipede has is dependent on its exact species and size. Centipedes grow from between 1/8th and 6 inches in length, and are usually yellow to dark brown in color. Centipedes are equipped with long, sensitive antennae that they use to identify prey. The centipede’s first pair of legs ends in sharp claws, which contain the venom they use to paralyze their prey.

close up of a centipede in sacramento

Are centipedes dangerous?

House centipedes are not considered to be dangerous, and typically pose no real threats to people. They do, however, have the potential to bite through the skin of a person and, while the bite is quite painful, their venom is not strong enough to cause serious health problems. Because centipedes tend to hide in dark, secluded areas of homes, have a less-than-cuddly appearance, and move quickly, they are often responsible for startling and frightening homeowners.

Where do centipedes nest?

More often than not, centipedes are found nesting outside in dark, damp environments. Typical nesting spots include underneath mulch, stones, landscaping ties, logs, fallen trees, leaf litter, and other vegetation. If centipedes have made their way inside a home or other building, they are usually found hiding out and nesting in dark, cool areas like the basement, crawl spaces, and underneath sinks.

Why do I have a centipede problem?

The areas where centipedes nest outside are often located close to the exterior of homes. It is common for centipedes to accidentally find their way inside through cracks found in the foundation or underneath basement doors. Centipedes also head indoors if the weather outside becomes too hot or dry for them to live comfortably. They will move inside and take up residence in areas of the home that mimic their outdoor environments.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

When dealing with a centipede infestation, the best thing to do is contact your local pest control company as soon as possible. At Pro Active Pest Control, our experts will come to your aid, perform a thorough inspection, and create a pest control program to help eliminate centipedes and prevent future invasions.

We use the most modern pest control methods and products possible to control centipedes and other common pests found living in our area. Our pest control services are covered by our 100% service guarantee for homes and businesses in Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Rancho Cordova, Lincoln, Rocklin, or Sacramento. To learn more about implementing our services, contact us today!

How can I prevent future problems with centipedes?

Preventing problems with centipedes can be a daunting task, but there are some steps you can take to help deter them and prevent them from finding their way inside.

  • Seal any gaps found in your home’s foundation, exterior walls, and around utilities, windows, and doors entering your home.
  • Make sure that all exterior doors, especially basement doors, have door sweeps installed.
  • Place a stone or rock barrier between any mulch and your home’s foundation.
  • Eliminate easy access to water sources by repairing leaky pipes and drains.
  • Make sure your gutters are functioning properly.
  • Reduce humidity levels in basement areas by utilizing de-humidifiers.
  • Remove piles of grass and leaves, fallen trees, and organic debris from your property.
  • Create a stone barrier between your home’s foundation and any mulch or soil.

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