Centipedes In Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia

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Miche Pest Control is a top rated, family owned and operated, full service pest control company that provides exterminating services for centipedes in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Our expert technicians get rid of centipedes fast, and use preventative methods to help keep centipedes from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - click on the button below to get started, or give us a call today!

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What are centipedes?

Often seen around our yards and gardens, centipedes typically aren’t pests we take much notice of until they decide to make our house into a place of shelter. 
 
Centipedes are pests that can startle a person as they use their many legs to move quickly across a floor, sink, or tub. 
 
Centipedes are yellowish to dark brown; some may have dark stripes or other markings on the body. They have flattened, elongated bodies and a worm-like appearance. Each body segment has one pair of legs. Their first pairs of limbs end in sharp claws and contain venom glands. 

millipede up close

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes look like they would be dangerous to be around, but they are not pests that people need to worry about causing them serious harm. Some larger species of centipedes can break through human skin and inject their venom. But, besides a bit of pain, a centipede bite doesn’t cause any serious side effects. The good news is that while bites do happen, they are rare. Centipedes are pests that you can easily avoid!

Why do I have a centipede problem?

Centipedes are predatory insects, and they feed on various things like spiders, worms, silverfish, and other centipedes. So if your yard has an abundant number of insects to hunt, they won’t hesitate to take advantage. 

Things like leaky pipes, clogged gutters, and dense vegetation will cause the soil around the perimeter of your home to be moist and attract these moisture-loving pests. Those centipedes living outside close to the exterior of our homes will find their way inside through cracks in the foundation or gaps under doors. Hot, dry weather conditions are the primary reason these pests move inside.

Where will I find centipedes?

Centipedes live inside and outside of our homes in areas that meet their high moisture needs.  Outside these pests live in or under:

  • Damp soil

  • Mulch

  • Woodpiles

  • Rocks

  • Landscaping ties

  • Trash cans, recycling bins, and plant pots. 

Inside our homes, centipedes, like other pests that are considered occasional invaders, like to gather in areas that tend to be damp such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, and wall voids near water pipes. 

How do I get rid of centipedes?

If you see centipedes or other pests occasionally in your home, it is best to seek the help of a professional. Though these leggy pests do not pose a huge threat, they still do not belong in your house! At Miche Pest Control, our friendly, highly trained professionals can help you eliminate your current pest problem and implement the routine services necessary to keep centipedes and other pests from becoming a problem in the future. 
 
To learn more about the exceptional residential or commercial pest control services we offer throughout our service areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., contact Miche Pest Control today!

How can I prevent millipedes in the future?

Preventing problems with millipedes is difficult, but we want to help you guard your property against these pests by offering these helpful prevention tips:

  • Millipedes and other occasional invaders enter our homes through gaps they find at ground level. To help keep them out, caulk gaps in the foundation of your home and install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Cover vents and other openings that lead into your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes and drippy faucets that will provide the moisture that attracts these pests.

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers or air conditioners.

  • Keep storage areas neat and free of a lot of cardboard boxes and other clutter.

  • Create a stone barrier between garden beds, grass, or mulch and your foundation.

  • Cut shrubbery back away from your home to help the soil stay dry. 

 

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