Spring and Summer Moisture Bringing Out Centipedes!
As the rains of spring and summer enter into Tennessee and across North America, centipedes are making an appearance. One sure way to get rid of Centipedes? CALL MIDSTATE. We know where they hide and how to get rid of them. Our first step is to perform a thorough inspection. But first, learn more about this pest and how you can control it.
What is a Centipede?
The name centipede literally means “100 legs,” but this pest can actually have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Their legs are long and slender, which helps them to move at a fast speed. The last pair of legs on a female centipede is more than twice as long as its body.
Some centipede species invade homes, but humans rarely see them during the day. They typically hide in damp areas around the house, such as bathrooms, basements and closets. At night is when centipedes are most active, as they forage for food.
In the jaws of the Centipede
Centipedes are often misperceived as dangerous pests. While they do have poisonous jaws that they use to inject venom and kill their prey, the jaws are not powerful enough to easily puncture human skin. However, centipedes will occasionally bite in self-defense, which can cause some localized pain and swelling, similar to that of a bee sting.
House centipedes feed on many types of small household pests, including spiders, flies, cockroaches and silverfish. All centipedes have poor eyesight, so they detect prey through their antennae. In fact, some centipedes don’t even have eyes.
Get rid of them... How?
The most effective way to get rid of or prevent house centipede infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Remove leaf piles and grass clippings. Store firewood off of the ground. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces, basements, etc.