Centipedes have between 15 and 177 sets of legs; they do not have 100 legs as their name would imply. They have flat segmented bodies and a set of legs for each of the segments. Some centipedes can be very long. They are brown to reddish orange with long antennae and claw-like small mouths. Their claw-like mouth allows them to paralyze other insects, spiders, and small vertebrates with venom that is injected with the bite. Once their victim is paralyzed, the centipedes will eat them. They will not usually bite people; but if handled or threatened, they can cause a bit of a pinch when they do so. Their bite is not harmful to people, the venom is not strong enough to affect us.
Centipedes gain access inside through unsealed holes, gaps, and crevices in your home as they look for food, water, and shelter. They certainly are creepy as they scurry along floors and walls seeking their next victim.
They are not really dangerous and actually can help keep down other insect populations. However, the anxiety and stress they cause can set an entire household on edge, so it’s best to get some professionals to take care of the problem. They can completely get rid of an infestation, all centipedes, including the hidden ones, will need to be eliminated; otherwise, they will just keep coming back.
To prevent an infestation, you need to seal off all gaps, cracks, crevices, holes, and other entry points. The area around your foundation should be kept dry, and plants should also be trimmed back away from your foundation. Get rid of all outdoor water sources, junk piles, and clutter from around your yard and home. Replace or fix all leaky pipes that are causing excess moisture in your bathroom, kitchen, utility room, and basement. You may want to run a dehumidifier in rooms with high moisture as well.
Again, it is important to get professional help for the proper eradication of all centipedes and to put in place preventative measures to ensure centipedes do not return.
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