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Centipede

Example of Centipede

Centipedes are often called 100-legged worms as they have one pair of legs on each body segment. They are long and flat with a pair of antennae on their heads. They vary in length from 1 to 12 inches and vary in color from light yellow to dark and reddish brown. Although they are not threatening, centipedes are often feared by homeowners.

Centipedes have poison glands and can inject venom; however, bites are infrequent and usually cause only temporary, localized pain. Most centipedes are found under boards, logs, and rocks in damp outdoor locations. The House Centipede lives its entire life indoors and is found in many buildings throughout the United States. It reproduces quickly inside warm areas.

Centipedes are not damaging to food supplies or furnishings, but they are considered to be a nuisance when they enter a residence. Centipedes eat insects, spiders, and other arthropods. To best control these pests in and around your residence, contact a pest control professional.