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Centipedes. How scary are they?

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Centipedes in Hawaii can be scary. Really scary! And the probability of encountering them in or around your Hawaii home is high. Really high. They can be long, up to a foot in length, and can have up to 177 legs. They are fast, and their sting can hurt! If you ever have the displeasure of being bitten by one of these creepy critters, you can expect to experience the pain of a bee sting. They won't let go until you beat them senseless--then the pain, which begins with a slow burning in a small spot then grows larger until it encompasses an area about two inches in diameter. Depending on where you were bitten, the pain can be excruciating. In places where there are more nerve endings, like fingers or toes, the pain will be worse.

But there is some good news. 90% of centipede bites heal up without issue. However, if you are allergic to the venom or if the little monster got you really good, you could end up in the hospital with an infection.


Centipedes don't seem to have any problem whatsoever taking up residence in people's homes. And, like it's not bad enough that they are one of the creepiest looking things in the world; they also tend to hide in shaded, damp corners. This is a recipe for disaster. No one wants to be surprised by one of these in the shower, basement--or anywhere else, for that matter. So, ideally, it is a very good idea to make your house less inviting and seal it up tight to keep centipedes outside.

How to keep centipedes out:

  • Keep your house as clean as possible.

  • Eliminate centipede food sources (spiders and other insects).

  • De-clutter. Don't give centipedes a place to hide.

  • Use a dehumidifier or fans to keep damp areas dry.

  • Make sure your door sweeps are tight and in good working order.

  • Seal any gaps or cracks in your foundation and exterior walls by using a caulking gun.

  • Seal all cracks around windows or air conditioning units, etc.

The best way to get rid of centipedes:

If you have done all you can to keep centipedes out and you are still seeing them in your home or if you would prefer to never have creepy centipedes crawling out from unexpected places, it is time to consider professional help. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions we offer our Premier Pest Complete program which will protect your home from all common pests in Hawaii, all year long. When you're dealing with scary, venomous centipedes (or any other pest) in your Hawaii home, Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions has the solution for you.

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