Centipedes 101

August 27, 2015 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Finding one of these creatures with an abundance of legs lurking in the cracks and crevices of your home may be alarming.  Unfortunately, finding one of these may indicate a larger problem that may be even more disturbing – the presence of other pests. Before you run off screaming about insects and arthropods invading your home let’s talk about identifying these critters and how to manage the problem.

Appearance – To be blunt, centipedes are pretty ugly looking.  The have long flat bodies that can have many different colors but is most often seen being brown or reddish.  They have a long pair of antennae that make them look longer than they really are.  One of the most obvious features are the many legs that come out from the sides of the body.  The name centipede is a misnomer.  Centi indicates 100 but a centipede can have as few as 15 or up to nearly 200!

Behavior – Centipedes tend to hide in and around damp, dark places like the floorboards of bathrooms or kitchens.  House centipedes feed on silverfish, firebrats, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, spiders and other small arthropods. What this means for the average homeowner is that if you see many centipedes, that you may have a bigger pest problem than you think.  The centipedes go where the food source is.  Therefore, you house may have another pest that is a bigger problem than the ugly centipede.

Management – Sealing entrances to your home may be the first step in ensuring that once the pests are gone that they do not return.  Since centipedes are an indicator of other pests, another method management is to eliminate their food source.  This may mean calling in a professional pest company like Pest-End to find out what the centipedes is feasting on.  Once that is done controlling the other pests may in turn control your centipede problem.  This may include cultural or chemical controls to eliminate the issue.

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