Addison Pest Control is the house centipede specialist. We have never failed to eliminate a house centipede infestation.

Addison Pest Control is the house centipede specialist. We have never failed to eliminate a house centipede infestation.

You want…

  • To quickly eliminate a house centipede infestation, stop the destruction of your fabrics and the irritation of your skin...

  • An affordable, professional, honest and warrantied house centipede exterminator...

  • An environmentally conscious treatment that is safe for the whole family, including your pets.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Answers to all of your questions

  • A no-obligation quote over the phone in seconds

  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 same-day service throughout the GTA.

  • No hidden service fees or follow up costs.

Addison has...

  • Decades of experience

  • A trusted track record

  • All-inclusive warranty

  • Comprehensive customer service

  • Rigorously trained technicians

  • Tried and tested extermination methods

  • The safest, most effective insecticides

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Service Area

Downtown Toronto, Midtown, Chinatown, the Annex, Little Italy, Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Summerhill, Forest Hill, Rosedale, the Junction, Parkdale, Bloordale,  Scarborough, North York, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Pickering, Hamilton, London and beyond!


Our process

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Step 1: Centipede Heat Treatment

Category:

  • Physical

Equipment:

  • Handheld heat treatment gun.

Method:

  • Direct heat applied locally to beds, couches, chairs and any other area of centipede concentration.

Strengths:

  • Heat Kills centipede eggs.

  • No damage to furniture.

  • Instantly kills all centipedes and eggs treated.

  • Avoids pesticide resistance.

Weakness

  • No residual protection.

  • Only kills the centipedes and eggs that are visible and accessible to technicians.

  • Not sufficient without other complementary carpet beetle extermination techniques.

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Step 2: Centipede Powder Treatment

Category:

  • Physical + Chemical

Equipment:

  • Power duster

Method:

  • A fine silica dust insecticide is injected into all crevices and wall cavities through electrical sockets and gaps underneath baseboards.

  • Electrical items, such as a power bars, stored close to or underneath the bed are also treated with powder.

Strengths:

  • Cuts up the centipede body.

  • Coats the insides of the wall cavities to create a protective powder barrier around your home.

  • No centipedes can spread to or from attached houses, adjacent apartments or condo units.

  • Essential lasting protection.

  • Fully approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, safe and non-toxic for humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Weakness

  • Only suitable for crack and crevice treatment.

  • Easily washed or vacuumed away.

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Step 3: Centipede spray treatment

Category:

  • Chemical + Residual

Equipment:

  • Precision surface sprayer

Method:

  • A fine mist of residual spray is applied to the backs, sides and bottoms of box springs, mattresses, bed frames, couches, chairs, baseboards, door jambs and floors throughout the home.

Strengths:

  • Kills centipedes on contact and remains active as a protective surface treatment to continue to kill centipedes as they come out of hiding.

  • Keeps your home and furniture protected for up to 6 months.

  • Fully approved by Ontario Ministry of Environment, safe and non-toxic for humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.

  • Fully approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, safe and non-toxic for humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Weakness

  •  If used improperly, may promote pesticide resistance


 

Key Facts

  • House centipedes, like spiders, are arthropods not technically insects

  • House centipedes sting humans when they are threatened

  • House centipedes are nocturnal

  • most often seen around bathtubs, sinks, drains, basements, baseboards

  • use highly developed vision and sensitive antennae for navigation and hunting

  • feed on other insects such as cockroaches, flies, moths, earwigs and small spiders

 

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Beware of Discount Pest Control

These companies use low quality or low concentration surface sprays with only 10 to 14 days of protection.

  • The tip off is when they offer to do a “follow-up spray” two weeks after the first treatment. While this may seem extra thorough, centipedes may remain hidden up to four weeks and new eggs can hatch up to two weeks after that point.

  • By this time the cheap treatment will have long worn off and the new population will be free to re-infest your home.

  • These budget services can breed pesticide resistance in the pests in your home, making future treatments increasingly challenging.

 

What you need to know for an effective house centipede treatment

 

If you suspect you have a house centipede infestation clear and complete information is the first step to getting rid of them. Here are a few facts, myths, and tips that will help you to make a well informed decision about what to do next.

 
 

This wormlike pest originally from Mexico are among the most common centipede found in North America

Their 15 abdominal body segments have a pair of legs each, allowing them to run quickly out of sight.

Centipedes hate light and will quickly scurry for cover whenever they are spotted out in the open

Centipedes hide under baseboards, in cracks and crevices and cluster in damp areas.

Centipedes have a venomous sting which they will use against humans if threatened. The stinger has a similar effect 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?

  • long slender body measuring 2.5 – 5 cm

  • long antennae for mating and hunting

  • large compound eyes give them excellent vision

  • 15 body segments with a pair of legs on each

  • 30 legs, shorter legs at the front longer legs at the rear give them excellent running ability

  • yellowish-brown with three dark stripes along the length of their body

  • nocturnal

  • prefer dark, moist areas like basements, drains, under sinks, baseboards

Reproductive behaviour and life cycle

  • House Centipedes live up to 3-5 years

  • Females lay 35 eggs or more during the spring months

  • 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


How do I know if I have a house centipede infestation?

  • House centipedes do not typically leave any sign of infestation

  • If you see an abundance of centipedes in your basement or throughout your home it is time to take action

  • You will see them moving quickly across the ground and along walls at night

  • Some places where house centipedes commonly found are bathtubs, drains, basements crack and crevices or dark areas where they can hide.


How did house centipedes get into my home?

  • House centipedes are attracted to dark, damp, wet areas

  • find their way into your home through open doors, holes in screens and cracks and crevices in the foundation

  • migrate indoors due to colder weather conditions


What do house centipedes eat?

  • Centipedes feed on home insects such as cockroaches, flies, moths, earwigs, silverfish and small spiders

  • Centipedes do not eat enough to be effective biological pest control of these other pests

  • Hunt with highly developed vision and long sensitive antennae

  • centipedes are fast enough to run down most prey insects

  • use venomous claws to stun and pull apart their prey

  • venom similar effect on humans to bee or wasp sting


How Serious are House Centipede?

  • house centipedes will sting if they are provoked or threatened

  • Although their sting is venomous, it is not deadly to humans

  • other centipedes found in North America are far more dangerous to humans

  • House centipedes can be beneficial in the home since they cut into the numbers of other bothersome pests like cockroaches and flies


How Can Addison Help Eliminate a House Centipede Infestation?

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. With our three-part treatment, each method compensates for the shortcomings of the other. This approach yields quick and dependable results in eliminating house centipedes.

Every treatment is accompanied by a host of preventative and monitoring measures to ensure ongoing protection against future infestations.

Prevention includes thorough inspection, entry point sealing, identifying and eliminating feeding sources, sticky traps and other monitoring techniques.

  • professional grade pheromone baited sticky traps to monitor the severity of a house centipede infestation

  • As part of our service, we conduct a 360º inspection to offer precise insights cut off centipede feeding sources and seal off centipede entry points into your home

  • Inspect all screens, exhaust vents, weather stripping, door sweeps, house foundation

  • 3-step residual insecticide, heat and poweder treatment eliminates house centipedes efficiently and safely

How Addison can help Prevent House Centipede Infestations in the Future

External Physical Control

  • Make sure earth ground slopes away from your home to avoid buildup of moisture and water retention near the foundation of your building

  • 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.

Internal Physical Control

  • use a de-humidifier or a small electric fan to dry out damp areas

  • seal up small cracks and hiding places in basement area

  • install tight fitting drain cover

Chemical Control

  • Diatomaceous earth is an active ingredient found pesticides is an ecological means of prevention

  • It is a fine powder made from crushed microscopic marine fossils; it’s non-toxic to humans and pets

  • Centipedes 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 an ongoing preventitive measure

 

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