Flat with one pair of legs on most of their segments. 


Ranging from yellowish to brown in color.


Approximately one inch long.


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

Interesting Facts

Centipedes get their name from the Latin prefix "centi," meaning hundred, and "pedis," meaning foot.

How does Batzner get rid of centipedes?

A Batzner Service Professional provides 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 is 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?

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.

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