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Flat with one pair of legs on most of their segments

Combining shades of yellowish to brown

Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length

They are found in soil and leaf litter, under stones and deadwood, inside logs.

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Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, "hundred", and pes, pedis, "foot")

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Pest Database : Occasional Invaders : Centipede

What does a Centipede look like?

Centipedes are a common household pest with a long, flattened, segmented bodies with one pair of legs per segment. The centipede is up to 1 1/2 inches long and has 15 pairs of long, slender legs. Each leg is marked with dark and white bands. The body is brown to grayish-yellow and has three dark stripes on top.

How did the Centipede invade my home/business?

Centipedes need lots of moisture and normally live outdoors in damp areas such as mulch, compost and flower beds.  If they move indoors, they hide in moist areas such as basements, closets or bathrooms. When disturbed, they move swiftly. Centipedes feed off of insects, spiders, and some species feed on plants. 

How can I tell if I have Centipedes?

Most centipedes can be found outside under low shrubery, wooden/rotting boards, fallen trees, rocks and other damp locations. When conditions outside become intolerable, centipedes may then migrate indoors, usually in the spring and fall.

Can Centipedes harm my family or employees?

Centipedes actually have poison glands and have the ability to inject their venom. However, the bite of a centipede is rare and normally will not cause more than a temporary, localized pain.

Can Centipedes cause damage to my property?

Centipedes do not cause structural damage to buildings, although because of their dreadful appearance and darting motions, homeowners typically fear the house centipede.

How does Batzner get rid of Centipedes?

Batzner Pest Management service professionals would provide a treatment to the perimeter of the building foundation, paying special attention to cracks and crevices in concrete slab or block walls, sump pumps, and in floor drains. The treatment would be outside and inside the building depending on the situation. The service professional would also make sanitation recommendations to help prevent future infestations.

What steps can I take to control or prevent Centipedes myself?

If centipedes are seen frequently, this may indicate that some prey insects are in abundance, and may signify a greater problem than the presence of the centipedes.

There are 4 basic steps to help eliminate a centipede infestation:

  • Reduce or eliminate the centipede's food source. Centipedes feed on other spiders and insects. By eradicating these other pests, centipede populations will decline.
  • Reduce or eliminate the centipede's harborage sites. Centipedes prefer to live in cracks and crevices in concrete slab or block walls, sump pumps, and in floor drains. Sealing these areas with caulk or a screen can help in controlling centipedes.
  • Reduce the humidity with a dehumidifier. Also, grading the soil can help facilitate water flowage away from a structure.
  • Do not use or remove decorative wood mulch from plant beds surrounding your home or property. Centipedes thrive in rotting wood mulch. Used rock or crushed stone instead.