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What do centipedes look like?

Centipedes are well known for having many legs, in fact, their name centipede means “hundred-leggers”. Depending on the specific species and size centipedes typically have between 15 and 177 legs. Centipedes have a long worm-like body that is segmented; each segment has its own pair of legs which allows them to move quickly about while hunting or getting out of harm’s way. Adult centipedes grow from between 1/8th and 6 inches in length and they are yellow to dark brown in color. An interesting fact about centipedes is that their first pair of legs end in sharp claws which contain venom that they use to paralyze their prey with.

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Where are centipedes found?

Centipedes like to live in areas of high moisture; outside they can be found living under decaying logs, mulch, leaf piles, stones, landscaping timbers, and underneath of decks and porches. Inside of homes centipedes are typically found in basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, underneath of sinks, laundry rooms, and closets.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are typically considered to be nuisance pests and are not known to pose any real danger to people. Centipedes do however have the ability to inflict very painful bites on people, the pain is commonly likened to that of a bee sting, the good news is that people are rarely bitten by centipedes.

Why are centipedes on my property?

Centipedes are attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food, water, and shelter sources. If the weather outside becomes too hot and dry for their likening they will move indoors seeking cool, dark, moist shelter.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

For effective centipede control, contact Montgomery Exterminating. Our pest control technicians have the knowledge and experience to identify the species of centipede that is infesting your space and will implement a treatment plan that results in centipede elimination. Reach out today to learn more about our centipede exterminating services or view our recommended service below.

 

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