Centipede Pest Control

Identifying a centipede

Centipedes have a flat, elongated body, usually colored reddish brown, the body of a centipede is divided into segments bearing one pair of legs. Majority of centipedes have short legs, but the house centipede’s legs are extremely long.

How do centipede enter your home?

The warmth and safety of a heated home may also attract centipedes inside to reproduce.

Sign of Centipede Infestation

If you see a centipede in your home most likely you have another pest problem. Centipede are known for moving where there is a lot of their prey.

Facts about Centipede

  • Centipede literally means “100 legs,” but  actually they have 15 to 177 pairs of legs. 
  •  Night time is when centipedes are most active, as they search for food. 
  • Centipedes have poisonous jaws that they use to inject venom and kill their prey.
  • House centipedes feed on small household pests,such as spiders, flies, cockroaches and silverfish.
  • Centipedes have poor eyesight. They detect their prey through their antennae. 
  • Common house centipede can live for more than a year

Centipede Prevention

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation. These are the places for centipedes to sneak in.
  • Keep your basement and attic dry. Use a dehumidifier to control the moisture.
  • Tea tree oil or Peppermint oil are overwhelming to centipedes. Add 25 drops of either essential oil into a spray bottle with 6 ounces of water. Spray around door frames, windows, small cracks and basement doors. Repeat once a week to keep centipedes away.
  • Repair holes and cracks in screens and weather stripping.
  • Repair leaks in faucets, pipes, and other plumbing.their