North American centipedes typically live outside, but can make their way into homes, as well. Centipedes are brown insects with flat and elongated body segments and many, many legs. They have one pair of legs attached to most of these body segments. When distinguishing a centipede from a millipede, noting the number of legs and the type of body is imperative. Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment versus the centipede’s one pair. The body type of a millipede is puffier and rounder than that of a centipede, who has a particularly flat body. Centipedes vary between one and six inches in length depending on their habitat, and the house centipede ranges between one and two inches long.
Centipedes typically can be found outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves, stones, boards, tree bark or in mulch around outdoor plantings. In the colder months, they may look for ways to enter a home so as to outlast the winter. Larger centipedes are capable of biting, which can cause light swelling and some irritation. Centipedes prefer to be active at night where they can remain undisturbed by predators, including shrews, toads, chickens and much more.
They feed on insects and other arthropods, including spiders. Given their reclusive behavior, fast speeds and scary appearance, they have become a nightmare for homeowners. They are relatively harmless, not opting to bite unless defending themselves. If you notice an increase of centipedes in your home, there may be an entrance that you may not have been aware of. Pest EZ East is capable of finding holes and other methods of entry, blocking the way for more centipedes to set up a nest in your home.
Contact the experts at Pest EZ East today to take care of your home or business’s centipede problem once and for all!