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Centipedes in Hawaii

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The probability of encountering centipedes in or around your Hawaii home is extremely high since they are very common here. This critter, which can have up to 177 pairs of legs, is part of the Scolopendra family, of which three types can be found in our beautiful Hawaiian paradise. They have an elongated, flattened exoskeleton body and a head with distinctive antennae. The body is segmented, as are the antennae, which are used for smelling as well as feeling. Since the centipede's eyesight is extremely poor, the antennae are very important in their search for food.

Scary Stuff?

Although centipedes don't go after humans the way other insects, like mosquitoes do, they will bite if they are startled and need to defend themselves. For instance, if you move a box in the basement and your hand comes into contact with a centipede, it is likely to bite you. They actually use the claws on their front legs, which are pincer-like claws, to dig into the skin of something or someone who is threatening them. These claws cause small puncture wounds and often blisters will form on these wounds. Although this bite is poisonous, it is not life threatening to humans--but it does hurt. A lot! It feels much like the pain of a bee sting, starting as a slow burning in a small spot, which grows larger until it encompasses an area about two inches in diameter. Fortunately, the discomfort will not generally last more than 48 hours.

Keep the Creepy Critters Out:

  • Regularly clean your house; focus on getting rid of spiders and other insects. If the centipede can't find a meal, he will be less likely to stay.

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

  • Use a dehumidifier or fans to keep damp areas dry. Centipedes thrive in moist environments.

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

  • Inspect all your window screens and repair any rips or holes you find, or replace them with new screens.

  • 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, pipes, and anything else that goes through your walls.

  • Remove organic materials from the side of your house. Place compost bins, firewood, tarps, etc. far away from your home as centipedes love to hide in places such as these.

Call for Help

If you would like to be absolutely sure of getting rid of all centipedes in your home--and any other household pest, it's time to call in the professionals. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we have experts standing by who have the knowledge and equipment to get rid of your pest problem quickly and efficiently. And if you would like to protect your Hawaii home from common pests all year long, ask about our Premier Pest Complete program. Give Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions a call today. We'll make your home a better pest-free place to live.

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