Centipedes are a very unattractive and annoying pest. They invade your home in areas you don’t necessarily see all the time. They are drawn to dark and damp areas, and they have a pair of legs for each segment of their bodies. Some centipedes can be found by your water heaters, A/C units, showers, drains, etc. If you have a centipede infestation, or even think you do, you should call the Real Nashville Pest Control so they can take care of it for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Centipedes have long, flat bodies that measure up to 1-1&½ inches long when fully grown. They have 15 different segments on their bodies, and with each segment, they have a pair of legs. These pests are yellowish-brown and they have stripes that go down the line of the top of their bodies. They also have very well, developed eyes, so they can see their prey easily. These critters have three different stages in their life-cycle: eggs, larva, and adults. Female centipedes can lay 35 eggs or more within the spring and summer months. When they larva hatches, they have 4 pairs of legs, then later grow more legs throughout the rest of their life. Female centipedes live up to 3 years.
Habitat and Behavior:
There are several different places that centipedes can hide within and outside the home. If you think you have a centipede problem, look in these areas. Inside, they could be by drains, showers, kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, sinks, etc. Outside, they could be under rotten trees, cracks in rocks, stacks of firewood, etc.
Level of Danger:
The first set of legs that a centipede has are venomous, however they are only venomous on their prey. If humans are bitten by a centipede, they feel a sting like a bee sting, but there aren’t any long term effects.
Signs of Infestation:
The only way to know if you have a centipede infestation is by simply seeing one or two in the dark and damp places. The moment you see a centipede crawling around your bathtub or in your sink, you should call the Real Nashville Pest Control.
In order to prevent centipedes on your own, you should remove any clutter that could be where a centipede could make their nests. You could also remove other insects from the home as centipedes prey on other insects/arthropods. However, the best way to prevent centipedes is by calling the Real Nashville Pest Control so they can correctly identify them, and treat effectively based on your situation.