Centipedes (“100 legs”) usually live outdoors, but they may occasionally wander inside if they find themselves close enough to your home’s foundation. Then there are “House centipedes” that might want to stay in your Kingwood home for a while.
Outdoors, centipedes tend to live in wet areas such as underneath stones, leaf piles, rotting boards, tree bark, or in mulch piles. Most centipedes are active during the night hours.
What Do Centipedes Look Like?
Centipedes are longish, flat, creatures, usually tan to brownish in color with several body segments. They are not insects, but rather arthropods, like their “cousin,” the millipede.
Centipedes have only one pair of legs attached to their body segments, and may have up to 177 pairs of legs (so much for the “100 legs” moniker). Centipedes measure between 1″ to 6″ in length, while House centipedes don’t grow more than about 1″ to 1-1/2 “.
Do Centipedes Sting?
Larger centipedes can bite if they are threatened. Their bite is painful and can cause a light swelling. Seek medical attention if a centipede bite has penetrated the skin.
Some people recommend NOT killing centipedes, as they are beneficial pests, hunting and eating other insects, and they do not damage stored food or furnishings. But you can decide whether or not you want to tolerate them at home and in your yard.
“How Do I Get Rid of Centipedes Fast?”
You can prevent centipedes from entering your home by sealing and caulking gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires and other cracks and crevices. Treat around the perimeter of your home with a reliable yard spray.
If you want to help prevent centipedes in your yard, you can remove common centipede habitats like stones, trash, and boards, while making sure that compost and mulch piles are at least 20 feet away from the side of your home.
House centipedes prefer to live in damp areas like basements, bathrooms, attics, and behind baseboards. These indoor centipedes can be controlled with vacuuming and repairing indoor leaks.
Centipedes. There are those that will say they are good for your home since they don’t damage anything and they eat other pests. But many people consider them a nuisance and want to get rid of them, especially if there is a large indoor infestation. Do you have a centipede invasion in your yard or home? Save yourself tons of time, money, and headaches by calling our Kingwood, TX pest control experts today! We can help you get rid of these uninvited guests.