If you have been in Hawaii for any length of time then you have, no doubt, run into a centipede. These leggy creatures can be found pretty much everywhere in Hawaii, but they do prefer moist, damp, dark areas. When outside they are typically found hiding under leaves, brush, rocks, and other dark, damp places. They will venture inside homes and businesses whenever an opportunity to do so arises.
These ‘little’ pests can grow up to a foot in some Hawaiian locations, but they average about six inches. An encounter with one of these creepy crawly pests is sure to leave an impression on you even if it's not a close encounter. Just the sight of one of these seemingly prehistoric creatures is enough to send chills down your spine and send you screaming and running as fast as you can in the opposite direction. But, is this fear factor all that you have to worry about?
No. Absolutely not! If your encounter with this centipede is a close one, then you have far more to worry about than being afraid. So, to answer the question, “Do centipedes bite?” The answer is a resounding ‘yes’! Or, if you prefer, based on the way that their bite feels you could refer to it as a sting instead. The bottom line is that their attack – no matter what you call it – is very painful. In fact, when they bite they will inject their venom into your skin – venom that is poisonous. The result of a centipede bite can range from mild swelling, pain, and redness to severe swelling of the entire limb, extreme pain, and redness. And, if your reaction to their venom is on the more severe side, you must obtain medical help immediately.
So, as you can see, the best course of action when you see a long, slithery, leggy insect is to avoid it at all cost. The problem is that these creatures prefer to hide in dark areas making it a difficult task to steer clear of them. One way that you can help to protect yourself from the bite of a centipede is to wear protective clothing and gloves when working outside in garden areas or when sorting through boxes that have been stored in attics, garages, and basement areas. You can also pay close attention to kitchen and bathroom areas (especially at night when these creatures are most active) making sure that you don’t accidentally step on one of them. They will also hide in shoes, clothing, laundry baskets, inside bed sheets, etc. Make sure that you shake out your shoes and handle clothing carefully. Also, checking your bed before turning in for the night is a good idea when trying to avoid a centipede sting.
However, even with all of the careful attention paid to avoid centipedes, it is still likely that you will encounter them eventually. All of these tips will help you to deter a bite, but they do nothing to keep these pests from your home or business in the first place, and keeping centipedes away is certainly much more desirable than spending your whole life sneaking around peering into every dark, damp corner, nook, and cranny in an attempt to avoid them.
When it comes to centipedes, the best and surest way to keep your home or business safe is by partnering with a professional pest control company. Here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we offer affordable year-round protection from centipedes and many other common pests, and we have eco-friendly solutions to your pest issues too! You can trust Hawaii’s premier pest control company to keep you and your family safe from pests like centipedes in a safe, effective and environmentally friendly way. Don’t wait until pests strike to act. Give us a call today and experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home or business is pest-free.