May 16, 2017

Centipede Identification and Prevention Tips

Some pests may be hard to identify but centipedes are not. When you see one, you know it. Centipedes have a frightening appearance because of their long bodies, dozens of legs and scurrying nature. In fact, the name “centipede” means “100 legs”! In reality, centipedes can have anywhere from 15 to 177 legs – let’s hope that you don’t find the latter in your home!

Most people who have centipedes in their homes will notice one dashing across the floor or scurrying up a wall in the bathroom. Though centipedes are not hazardous to humans, a large presence of them may indicate an underlying pest problem. By dealing with the centipedes only, you’re not dealing with the root of the problem.

Identifying Centipedes

As we mentioned earlier, it’s not difficult to know that you’ve seen a centipede. These unique creatures have many legs and the ability to move fast, but they do have poor eyesight. They can also bite, though this is rare. The body of a centipede is flat, long and made up of several segments, each with its own legs. Centipedes are reddish orange and brown in color and range in pattern and color. Another thing they range in: size. These creepy crawlers can be anywhere from 1/8th of an inch to 6 inches!

Assessing an Infestation

Centipedes are different from other pests in that they leave no signs of habitation. The only way to determine if you have a centipede infestation is if you see some in the home. This is difficult to do since centipedes are nocturnal and tend to stay away during the day. However, if you see centipedes darting up your shower wall, it’s possible that a source of food is in your home.

Preventing Centipedes

If you sight centipedes in your home, the first step is to take preventative measures. Centipedes prefer dark, moist spaces and don’t like to be bothered. Focus on areas in the home that are dark, quiet and damp. Keep your basement and attic dry; a dehumidifer can help control moisture. Repair holes in screens and seal cracks in the foundation to keep pests out of the home. Also repair plumbing leaks to reduce moisture.

Even with these preventative measures, it’s still possible that the centipedes will remain. If they have a source of food, they won’t go far. If this is the case, you’ll need to call in a professional pest control company to assess the situation. This can be a complicated process, but with the right pest control company, you can get down to the bottom of the problem.