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Everything About House Centipede and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

House Centipede

Scutigera coleoptrata

The house centipede, like a spider, are arthropods which mean they technically are not an insect.

But this extremely unattractive nuisance is very unsightly and often an unwelcome house guest.

This wormlike pest originally from Mexico are among the most common centipede found in North America. Their 15 abdominal body parts have a pair of legs each, this is what makes them move both quickly and mobile. Centipedes will hide un baseboards, crack and crevices and damp areas. Centipedes have a poisonous gland, which when they sting (not bite) have similar effects to a bee or wasp sting.

How do you get rid of House Centipede?

At Addison Pest Control our goal is to eliminate an infestation as quickly as possible and keep your home Centipede free for good.

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation completely.

No pest control method is perfect, by combining three various methods, each one compensates for the shortcomings of the other, which yields quick and dependable results in eliminating house centipedes.  

Check out our treatment outline, or give us a call for a free no-obligation quote.

How to identify House Centipede?

House centipedes have long antennae which are used for mating and are yellowish-brown with three dark stripes. House centipedes have long slender bodies, measuring 2.5 – 5 cm in length with 15 body segment with a pair of legs on each. These thread-like legs allow for them to move quickly through your home.

Signs of a House Centipede Infestation

House centipede does not typically leave the sign of infestation; You will see them moving quickly across the ground and along walls at night because they are nocturnal. Some places where house centipedes commonly found are bathtubs, drains, basements crack and crevices or dark areas where they can hide.

Where did they come from / how did I get them?

House centipedes are attracted to dark, damp, wet areas and will find their way into your home through open doors, holes in screens and cracks and crevices in the foundation. They will migrate from outside your home usually due to weather conditions.

What does House Centipede eat?

The house centipede has highly developed eyes, but it is their antennas that they use for hunting and exploration. They grab onto their prey using their long legs and inject a toxic poison resembling that of a bee sting. Some of the insects that House centipedes feed on are cockroaches, flies, moths, earwigs, silverfish and small spiders although they will not control or make a difference of these pest populations.

How Serious are House Centipede?

The house centipede will bite if they are provoked or feel in danger. Although their venom is toxic, it is not as toxic as other centipedes found in other parts of the world and North America.

How Can Addison Help Eliminate a House Centipede?

At Addison Pest Control our goal is to remove an infestation as quickly as possible and keep your home Centipede free for good.

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation completely.

No pest control method is perfect, by combining three various methods, each one compensates for the shortcomings of the other, which yields quick and dependable results in eliminating house centipedes.

Powder-Crack & Crevice Treatment

We use a professional power duster to puff a fine silica powder inside cracks and crevices in infested areas. House centipedes often establish harbourages in wall cavities or ducting. The powder coats the insides of the wall voids killing pests that are already established there and preventing pests from using these physically inaccessible areas as hiding or harbourage zones.

The powder is used on sensitive electronic items that are at risk of an infestation such as a power bar or a wall outlet.

Residual Surface Spray

At Addison, we use the highest quality residual spray available on the market. Unlike the sprays used by many competitors, our spray has a 3-month residual value, which means it remains active and continues to kill bugs for a full three months.

Our spray is a non-toxic pyrethroid, which means it is a synthetic replica of a naturally occurring insecticide manufactured by plants to ward off potential predators.

The spray is applied to the backs, sides and bottoms of beds, furniture and kitchen appliances, inside kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets, as well as all the floors and baseboards.

Any time a pest passes over a surface that has been sprayed, it will die-off within a short period of making contact.

How Addison can help Prevent House Centipede Infestations in the Future

Physical Control

Outside

Prevent centipedes in your home; some precautionary measures can be taken are as follows: Make sure earth ground slopes away from your home to avoid buildup of moisture and water retention near the foundation of your building. Try removing all hiding places, such as leaf litter, decaying vegetation, other objects (stones, boards or boxes). Repair cracks in the foundation, and allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Inside

Try using a humidifier or a small electric fan to dry out damp areas

Chemical Products

Diatomaceous earth is an active ingredient found pesticides is an ecological means of control. It is a fine powder made from crushed microscopic marine fossils; it’s non-toxic to humans and pets. The insects crawl over the powder their outer layer is scratched which causes them to become dehydrated and die. This powder is for cracks and crevices as continual control measures.

Additional Information

Females live up to 3-5 years and lay 35 eggs or more during the spring months. Their larvae look like miniature versions of adults and are born with only four legs. Centipedes gain more legs as they grow older and moult. After the first moult they acquire a new pair of legs, and during the remaining moults during their life cycle a pair of legs with each of their five remaining moults. During mating they initiate contact with their antennae, the male deposits sperm on the ground, females then uses it to fertilize eggs.

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