Centipedes

What are centipedes?

Effective centipede removal comes from understanding the animal. Centipedes are elongated animals with a pair of legs on most of their body segments.  Legs will vary from between 10 to 100 depending on the species.  The front legs are fang like and connect with their poison glands which is used to kill or stun their prey.  Centipedes eat insects as well as spiders and other small creatures.

 

Centipede bites

Does a centipede bite?  Yes it does and it can be painful, similar to that of a bee sting. However it is not sufficiently toxic to be lethal to humans and children.

 

Types of centipedes

The most common centipede for the area is the house centipede which typically has 15 pairs of legs.  They live both indoor and outdoor occurring in moist cellars, damp closets and bathrooms.  The house centipede is grey-yellow with three stripes down the back and has very long legs banded with white.

centipedes picture - centipede infestation

Why do I have centipedes?

Aside from house centipedes, they invade singularly and usually only one or two will be seen inside the home or structure.  A larger centipede infestation is associated with a moist habitat around leaky pipes, damp basement or crawlspace. Additionally harborage areas such as trash, stones, leaves, grass and compost are great places for them to inhabit.

 

How to get rid of centipedes

Centipedes an be difficult to control because of their ability to hide in dark elusive places.  The experts at Four Seasons or HomeTown are trained in centipede removal and can help you get rid of centipedes with our maintenance program.

 

How to prevent centipedes in the future

With any insect, centipedes will find a way of getting into the structure so;

  • Fix any leaking pipes in the bathroom of kitchen areas.
  • Any area where water has been allowed to gather outside and has left moist conditions, remove the pooling water.
  • Fix a vapour barrier in the basement or crawlspace.
  • Use a dehumidifier in the basement or crawlspace to dry out the area
  • Any old boxes, compost piles, leaf litter or grass cuttings should be removed.
  • Seal and caulk any gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes and other visible entry gaps.
  • Long term prevention may sometimes be achieved by establishing a two foot vegetation free border around the foundation.

 

Can I get rid of centipedes myself?

Homeowners very rarely have any success trying to get rid of centipedes themselves.  Over the counter treatments aren’t as effective and very rarely get rid of the problem.   If the over the counter treatment is not mixed correctly or misused,  they can have a dangerous effect on humans, pets and plants. Therefore trying to get rid of centipedes yourself is not something we recommend.

 

Fast, effective centipede removal

At Four Seasons or HomeTown Pest Control centipedes are just one of the common pests we treat during our routine maintenance program. Our service is fast and effective and backed by our pest control guarantee.  Contact us today to find out more.