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Contrary to what many people believe, centipedes are actually not insects. They belong to the Chilopoda class and are small arthropods. They can range from yellow to a dark brown in color. They can be anywhere from 1/8 to 6 inches in length. Although centipede means “100 legs”, they very rarely actually have 100 legs. Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment and generally have anywhere from 15 to 175 segments.

Why are they in my house?

House centipedes are nocturnal creatures that live mainly outdoors, but may come inside. They live in damp places, such as rotting logs, under stones, in trash, mulch, clippings and can find conditions indoors like moist basements or closets that mimic their natural environment. They can build up in quite large numbers on the outside of a structure in the summer months and may well enter the house through cracks and other openings and continue to ‘infest’ the home.

Centipedes prefer to live in dark, damp places outdoors. If you have a basement, crawlspace, or closet that mimics these conditions, it is a likely place to find a centipede. They occasionally find their way indoors while foraging for small insects to eat.

Are centipedes dangerous?

A centipede does have two small fangs that produce a small amount of venom; however, it is not enough venom to cause any lasting harm to humans. It will simply produce a painful bite, similar to that of a bee sting.

What does it take to get rid of centipedes?

Centipedes are very elusive and are good hiders. This can make them very difficult to find and eliminate. Also, until you rid your home of the other small insects that make up a centipede’s diet, you will keep attracting more centipedes into your home. The technicians at Parkway are trained to not only eliminate centipedes, but also get rid of the other insects that attract centipedes into your home in the first place.

How soon can you get here?

At Parkway, we understand that it is important to you to take care of your pest problem as soon as possible; therefore it is important to us, as well. Emergency and same day service is available and in most cases we can be there the very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Here at Parkway Pest Services, we pride ourselves on being Green Shield Certified and we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, meaning treatments are much safer for you and your family. IPM techniques include far fewer uses of chemicals, using them only as a last resort. Instead, we focus on baiting and the exclusion of pests.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Sealing off cracks and crevices along the outside of your home can help prevent centipedes from entering. Making sure your yard and the area surrounding your home is free of rotting wood can also help, as this is a favorite harborage for centipedes. However, many of our customers choose one of our protection plans for centipede prevention. Parkway’s Gold Package provides you with constant protection from all centipedes and many other common pests. Contact us for more information.

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