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Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated, full service pest control company that provides exterminating services for centipedes in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Our expert centipede exterminators 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!

Centipedes: Multi-Legged Occasional Invaders Of Homes And Businesses

Centipedes are venomous arthropods that belong to the class Chilopoda. They are found all over the world and are most commonly found in tropical regions. There are around 8,000 known species of centipedes, and they range in size from just a few millimeters to over 30 centimeters in length.

Centipedes have elongated, flattened bodies that are segmented, with each segment bearing one pair of legs. The number of legs a centipede has depends on the species, but most have between 30 and 354 legs. The legs are attached to the body by flexible joints, which allow the centipedes to move quickly and easily through small spaces.

Centipedes are carnivorous and feed on a variety of insects and other small invertebrates. They have venomous fangs, which they use to inject poison into their prey. The venom is used to subdue and kill the prey, making it easier for the centipede to eat.

Centipedes are nocturnal creatures and are usually found in damp, dark places such as under rocks, in leaf litter, and in the soil. They are most active at night, when they come out to hunt for food.

Centipedes are not considered to be dangerous to humans, as the venom they produce is not strong enough to be harmful to humans. However, some people may experience mild allergic reactions to centipede venom, such as swelling or itching at the site of the bite. If you are bitten by a centipede, it is important to wash the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic to prevent infection.

Centipedes can be a beneficial presence in gardens and other outdoor areas, as they help to control pest populations by preying on insects. However, if you do not want centipedes in your home, there are several things you can do to prevent them from entering.

One way to prevent centipedes from entering your home is to seal any cracks or openings in the foundation and walls. This will help to keep centipedes and other pests out. You can also use weatherstripping to seal gaps around windows and doors.

Another way to prevent centipedes from entering your home is to remove sources of moisture. Centipedes need a damp environment to survive, so by reducing the humidity in your home, you can make it less appealing to centipedes. This can be achieved by using a dehumidifier, fixing any leaks, and properly ventilating your home.

In addition to these preventive measures, you can also use natural repellents such as citrus oils or cedar oil to deter centipedes. These repellents can be sprayed around the perimeter of your home or applied to cotton balls and placed in areas where centipedes are known to be present.

If you do find a centipede in your home, the best way to remove it is to use a cup or jar to gently scoop it up and release it outside. Do not try to squash the centipede, as this can release toxins and may cause a reaction if you are allergic to the venom.

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.

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 centipedes in the future?

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

  • Centipedes 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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