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What You Ought To Know If You're Seeing Centipedes In Your Home

May 3, 2023 - Centipedes

Author - Tom Miche

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It can be extremely alarming to see a centipede walking through your home. These creepy creatures have several unique characteristics that make them look extremely intimidating. Nobody wants to see centipedes in their home. While these bugs are not known to be aggressive or dangerous, having centipedes in your home could be a sign that you actually have bigger problems around your property. 

If you are dealing with centipedes around your home, Miche Pest Control can take care of the problem. We have a team of experienced pest control technicians that have successfully eradicated centipedes from residential areas. Here is a look at some of the most important things you should know about centipedes. 

What Do Centipedes Look Like?

There are close to 3,000 different types of centipedes in the world. Each species has its own characteristics that give it a hair-raising appearance. Their size can vary greatly, and they usually measure anywhere from ? of an inch to 6 inches. The amount of legs that each species has can also vary. Some species will only have 15 different legs, while others can have up to 177 legs. 

The thing that they all have in common is their worm-like bodies. Both small and big centipedes are also able to move incredibly fast. Some species are able to travel over 1.2 feet per second. 

Centipedes Are More Of A Nuisance Than A Danger

Centipedes are carnivores that prefer to eat small insects, such as roaches, spiders, and crickets. They can sting their prey and inject them with venom. While this venom is strong enough to take down tiny insects, it is not strong enough to harm a human or large animal. For this reason, centipedes aren't considered a threat to humans. If you pick them up or handle them, they might try to sting you, but a centipede's sting usually only results in mild pain and swelling. 

Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Centipedes In Your Home

Centipedes like warm, humid areas and prefer to stay outdoors. If you are seeing centipedes in your home, there is a chance that your house has an insect problem or a moisture problem. Some of the things that you can do to ensure centipedes won't come into your home include:

  1. Keep bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces well-ventilated

  2. Use dehumidifiers throughout your home to provide moisture control

  3. Remove clutter around your home and yard to eliminate potential hiding spots

  4. Remove piles of leaves and grass clippings from your yard

  5. Don't stack firewood near your home

Centipedes will only come into your home if they can get in. They are small and agile and can slide their way through small and large openings in your home. To keep centipedes out, make sure that you have thoroughly inspected the outside of your home and sealed any gaps that you found.

Professional Pest Control Is A Great Way To Keep Centipedes Away

Prevention is key when it comes to centipede control. At Miche Pest Control, we can inspect your home and find out why the centipedes are getting into your home. We will then take steps to eliminate the things that are attracting them to your home. We can also perform regular pest control management solutions to ensure there are no other insects around, luring the centipedes to your home. Give us a call today if you want a quick and easy way to remove centipedes from your home. 

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