Are you familiar with centipedes? Chances are you know very little about them except maybe that their name means “100 legs.” They are often seen in homes in the autumn. While one in your home may not cause a problem, an infestation can be a nuisance. These facts about arthropods will help you recognize them and know what to do if you have an infestation.
A centipede’s body is flat and divided into segments. Depending on the size and type of the centipede, the number of segments can vary dramatically. Some may have only 15 segments while others may have more than 150. Each of these segments has a pair of legs except for the first segment, which contains the mouth. Although some centipedes have 100 legs, others may have as little as 30 legs, or as many as 300 plus. Centipedes are usually brown or reddish and they have a pair of sensitive antennae on the front of the body. The mouth has a pair of sharp structures that contains venom.
Centipedes prefer coming out at nighttime. Many centipedes do not have eyes, therefore they rely on a sharp sense of smell to find their prey. When they find their prey, such as worms and cockroaches, they inject venom into them. Centipedes like living in cool, damp places. In homes, they are often found in bathrooms, basements and closets.
One or two centipedes in a home are not problematic because these arthropods eat other insects. However, because centipedes normally live between one to six years, there may be many centipedes living in a home. Although a centipede bite is not typically harmful to humans, it may be painful. A professional exterminator will have the pesticide and equipment that is needed to control the centipede population. The exterminator will also be able to educate you on what you can do to help prevent a future infestation, such as by filling in cracks and controlling the moisture in the home. He or she will also be able to look outside the home to find places where centipedes may like to breed, such as in compost piles and under plants and rocks.
If you need any other information about centipedes or if you need pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.
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