Centipede Control: How to Get Rid of Centipedes

Centipedes (Chilopoda: Myriapoda)

Centipedes strongly resemble millipedes. Centipedes differ in having a pair of legs on each body segment, longer antennae, one pair of legs on each body segment, appear flattened in cross section, and move rapidly. They are beneficial as predators on other small arthropods. All centipedes possess poison jaws with which they paralyze their prey.

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General Facts/Information of Centipedes

Centipedes are nuisance pests which normally live outdoors, but enter houses and other buildings by accident or for winter shelter. Most will cause no damage to a house or its contents, with the possible exception of houseplants. However, these pest are a nuisance to the home and certain business owners.

Centipedes are fast-moving, variously colored, worm-shaped, insect-like creatures that inhabit soil and organic debris. They are about 1.18 inches (3 cm) or longer and have many legs (one pair per body segment).

Centipedes feed on insects and other small creatures and are therefore considered beneficial. Occasionally they enter houses, probably by accident, but they will not damage the house or its contents. Some species can bite, but those occurring in our area are considered harmless, but still are considered a nuisance pest to the home, business or garden.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling centipedes in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).