Scientific Name: Chilopoda
Centipedes are common household pests and due to their alien-like appearance, they are almost as terrifying as any kind of spider you could encounter. They are not insects and though closely related to them, they are actually arthropods. Centipedes may look rather heinous but these insects are quite a marvel. Not only can they regrow lost legs, they are particularly doting mothers, can run really fast and have been on this earth for over 400 million years. But no matter how fascinating a creature they are, they do not belong in our homes. We can marvel from afar. If you’re finding a freaky amount of centipedes around, it’s time to get the experts at Pointe Pest Control to help.
Centipedes vary in length depending on species. They can be anywhere from ½ inch to 15 inches in length. Don’t worry though, the 15 inch centipedes do not live in the US. Household centipedes are anywhere from ½ inch to 1.5 inches in length. They prefer moist environments like bathrooms, kitchens and basements and can live for several years. The difference between a centipede and a millipede is that each body segment with a centipede has on pair of legs while a millipede has 2 pairs. As far as the number of legs, it does vary. Some centipedes have as few as 17 pairs while others have as many as 171 pairs of legs. They are carnivorous and eat smaller insects.
Signs of an Infestation:
If you frequently find centipedes congregating in the wetter areas of your home, you might have a centipede infestation. A damp towel on the ground can look to them like The Ritz, a place where they sleep comfortably until they venture out for some dinner. It can be unnerving seeing centipedes creep around your bathroom or basement. They multiply quickly and live a long time so professional help with this pest is the best idea.
Pointe Pest Control offers experienced, safe and guaranteed centipede control. Our treatments are non-toxic and safe for your family and pets. We are thorough in our inspections and are skilled at centipede removal. Call us today for the most professional pest control around.